Presidio, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine Saturday morning. The drugs were strapped to the body of a San Antonio teen.
"CBP officers encounter all types of people who smuggle drugs," said Phil Demonch, acting Presidio Port Director. "Teenagers, senior citizens, and entire family units have been stopped in their tracks by vigilant CBP officers who are working hard to keep dangerous things and dangerous people from entering the U.S."
The seizure was made shortly after 10:00 a.m. when a 16-year-old female U.S. citizen from San Antonio arrived at the port as a passenger in a taxi. CBP officers noted the unusual behavior and appearance of the teen and initiated an exam during which they discovered two bundles held against her midsection with a girdle. CBP officers removed the bundles and the tested the contents. The test confirmed that the bundles were filled with methamphetamine.
CBP officers took custody of the teen and she was then turned over to the Presidio Police Department for local prosecution and transported to the Brewster County Jail in Alpine, Texas.
In addition to the methamphetamine seizure, CBP officers working at the Presidio international crossing identified nine immigration violations this weekend including eight intended immigrants and one imposter. Intended immigrants will use a legally issued border-crossing card (laser visa) to live or work in the U.S., which is not authorized. Violators generally lose their documents and are returned to Mexico. Imposters with previous criminal histories are generally booked into the county jail to face federal prosecution.
Anti-terror is the primary mission of CBP however thorough inspections at border ports of entry continue to generate impressive enforcement activity in all areas.
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.