Border Patrol Seizes Meth Load and Arrests Barrio Azteca Gang Member
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped an attempt by an admitted Barrio Azteca member to smuggle over 20 pounds of illegal drugs through a checkpoint.
Early Tuesday morning U.S. Border Patrol Agents were working the Alamogordo N.M. immigration checkpoint on Highway 54 when the observed a black SUV approach the primary inspection area. After brief initial questioning of the subjects, agents determined that further inspection was required and referred the vehicle for secondary inspection.
At the secondary inspection area, agents conducted a more thorough search of the vehicle. As they performed a systematic search, agents discovered what they believed was methamphetamine concealed in the glove compartment. The search did not end there, and diligent work led to more illegal narcotics discovered hidden in the spare tire compartment area. The illegal contraband was seized and the female driver and a male passenger in the vehicle were arrested. The contents of the bundles tested positive for methamphetamines with a total weight of 20 pounds and an estimated street value of $640,000.
The male subject, a United States citizen, admitted to having a Barrio Azteca affiliation. A review of his past felony criminal records showed a history of arrests including assault on a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and prior drug delivery case.
The suspected gang member and the female, also a United States citizen, were placed under arrest for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines. The case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for continued investigation and prosecution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.