US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

CBP Officers Make Huge Drug Busts At Ysleta Port

Release Date: 
August 11, 2020

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Ysleta port of entry had a busy week leading to the seizure of over 212 pounds of methamphetamine and 22 pounds of cocaine. 

“CBP Officers are vigilant and use their law enforcement training to stop these smuggling attempts,” said CBP Ysleta Port Director Arnoldo Gomez. “The Officers’ passion and dedication to our mission is critical in stopping contraband from entering our country.” 

The largest seizure occurred August 2 shortly before 11 p.m. when a 33-year-old United States citizen male arrived from Mexico in a 2018 Toyota Tacoma. The primary CBP Officer selected the male for a secondary inspection. During this 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 tires. A total of 153.22 pounds of methamphetamine were extracted from the vehicle. He was arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

The second largest seizure occurred August 1 at approximately 9:30 p.m. when a 31-year-old United States citizen female arrived from Mexico in a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country with her three children. The primary CBP Officer selected the female for a secondary inspection. During this inspection, an X-ray examination revealed several anomalies in the vehicle’s seats. A total of 29.6 pounds of methamphetamine were extracted from the vehicle. She was arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

The remaining seizures included two 16-year-old United States citizen teenagers with drugs strapped to their bodies, and a 27-year-old United Sates citizen male with 28.15 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the dashboard and quarter panels of a 2016 Nissan Rogue. Subjects were arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges for their failed smuggling attempts.

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Ysleta port of entry had a busy week leading to the seizure of over 212 pounds of methamphetamine and 22 pounds of cocaine. 

“CBP Officers are vigilant and use their law enforcement training to stop these smuggling attempts,” said CBP Ysleta Port Director Arnoldo Gomez. “The Officers’ passion and dedication to our mission is critical in stopping contraband from entering our country.” 

The largest seizure occurred August 2 shortly before 11 p.m. when a 33-year-old United States citizen male arrived from Mexico in a 2018 Toyota Tacoma. The primary CBP Officer selected the male for a secondary inspection. During this 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 tires. A total of 153.22 pounds of methamphetamine were extracted from the vehicle. He was arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

Tire drug load.
Tire drug load.

The second largest seizure occurred August 1 at approximately 9:30 p.m. when a 31-year-old United States citizen female arrived from Mexico in a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country with her three children. The primary CBP Officer selected the female for a secondary inspection. During this inspection, an X-ray examination revealed several anomalies in the vehicle’s seats. A total of 29.6 pounds of methamphetamine were extracted from the vehicle. She was arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

The remaining seizures included two 16-year-old United States citizen teenagers with drugs strapped to their bodies, and a 27-year-old United Sates citizen male with 28.15 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the dashboard and quarter panels of a 2016 Nissan Rogue. Subjects were arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges for their failed smuggling attempts.

Last modified: 
August 11, 2020