EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at El Paso area ports of entry made six drug seizures this weekend. CBP officers seized 473 pounds of marijuana in five seizures and 1.1 pounds of methamphetamine in an additional bust.
“CBP officers remain vigilant supporting their primary homeland security mission,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “The inspections we perform will uncover a wide variety of violations.”
The methamphetamine seizure was made late Saturday evening at the Paso Del Norte international crossing. CBP officers working in the pedestrian inspection area encountered a male subject who applied for entry. The CBP officer working at the primary station noted the traveler was acting nervous during the inspection and initiated a secondary exam. During the secondary search the traveler admitted that he had packages of drugs strapped to his legs. CBP officers continued their exam and found two packages of methamphetamine taped the man’s thighs. The drugs weighed 1.1 pounds and have an estimated street value of $35,200.
CBP officers arrested the pedestrian border crosser, 30-year-old Fernando Ruiz of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
In addition to the drug seizures CBP officers working at area ports this weekend also made six NCIC fugitive apprehensions, seized prohibited agricultural items, and recovered a stolen vehicle.
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.