SANTA TERESA, N.M. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 26.46 pounds of methamphetamine June 30.
“A multi-layered inspection involving an x-ray system and officer experience were critical in this significant narcotic seizure,” said CBP Santa Teresa Port Director Fernando Thome, “CBP is committed to keeping dangerous drugs out of our country and communities.”
The seizure was made shortly before noon June 30 when a 2010 Chevrolet Express arrived at the Santa Teresa international cargo facility from Mexico. The vehicle contained a shipment of aluminum containers described as “machinery tools”. The primary CBP Officer referred the vehicle for an intensive inspection.
An X-ray system revealed anomalies in an aluminum container in the cargo space of the vehicle. A white powdery substance was extracted and tested positive for the properties of methamphetamine. A total of 26.46 pounds of methamphetamine were extracted from the aluminum container. The drugs were seized and the investigation continues.
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.