EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Ysleta port of entry in El Paso seized approximately 158 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Friday evening.
The seizure was made just after 7:00 p.m. when an 18-year-old U.S. male arrived as a pedestrian from Mexico. The teenager declared three cases of bottled water. CBP officers selected the man for a secondary exam.
A CBP drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics. An X-ray scan of the bottled water, conducted by a CBP Agriculture Specialist, revealed dense liquid. The liquid tested positive for methamphetamine.
CBP officers arrested the subject. He was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
“The primary CBP officer on duty was thorough and focused and was able to identify this pedestrian as a person who needed additional scrutiny,” said CBP Ysleta Port of Entry Director Arnie Gomez.
While homeland security is CBP’s primary mission the inspection process continues to yield violations in a wide number of categories.
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.