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Border Patrol Checkpoint Narcotics Seizure

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – On Wednesday evening, U.S. Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint north of Las Cruces, seized narcotics worth approximately $2,200.


Border Patrol Agents stopped a vehicle in order to conduct a routine immigration inspection. The driver claimed to be a U.S. citizen, but agents noticed inconsistencies during a brief conversation at primary inspection. After the driver consented to a vehicle search, a U.S. Border Patrol canine performed a non-intrusive sniff and alerted, indicating the possible presence of narcotics.


Border Patrol agents then carried out a thorough search of the vehicle and found a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance under the driver’s seat. The bag contained approximately 5 ounces of methamphetamine worth almost $2,200. The driver and meth were turned over to DEA agents, and the vehicle will be returned to its registered owner.


“Our immigration checkpoints in Texas and New Mexico continue to be a focal point for seizures of narcotics and interdictions of human smuggling attempts,” said Gloria Chavez, Interim Chief for the Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector. “I’m extremely proud of the great work being done on a daily basis by our skilled Border Patrol agents assigned to our immigration checkpoints.”


U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635-2509 toll-free.


It is important to note that an arrest should not be considered evidence of guilt, and subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPWestTexas.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021