CBP Officers at the Bridge of the Americas Stop Large Drug Load
EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing seized 88.9 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $325,000 on July 7.
“This a great example of CBP Officers using their experience, CBP drug-sniffing dogs, and an x-ray system to prevent a large amount of drugs from entering our community,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good, “CBP is committed to keeping dangerous drugs out of our country and communities.”
The seizure was made shortly before 2 p.m. when a 22-year-old United States citizen male arrived from Mexico driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. The primary CBP Officer selected the vehicle for a secondary inspection due to anomalies he identified. During the secondary inspection, a CBP drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and an X-ray examination revealed several anomalies in the vehicle’s quarter panels and rear bumper. CBP Officers extracted 89.9 pounds of methamphetamine from the vehicle.
The subject was arrested by CBP Officers and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations to face charges for the failed smuggling attempt.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.