EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry made four drug seizures Thursday. They confiscated 1.6 pounds of heroin, 30.6 pounds of methamphetamine, 112 pounds of marijuana and three pounds of an unknown substance in pill form.
“CBP officers are focused on the many threats they encounter on a daily basis,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “They are working hard to stop substances that have devastated people and communities around our nation.”
In one of the most significant seizures of the day CBP officers working at the Ysleta crossing stopped a shipment which included 29.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.6 pounds of heroin, and three pounds of an unknown substance in pill form. The drugs were discovered in the seats of a 2000 Chrysler Voyager which entered the port from Mexico at approximately 9:30 a.m. CBP officers x-rayed the vehicle and noted anomalies in the appearance. They discovered 28 drug filled bundles hidden in the seats. The contents of the pills are being tested.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
Later at the Ysleta crossing CBP officers discovered 1.1 pounds of methamphetamine strapped to the belly of a border crosser. CBP officers took note of the unusual behavior of a female pedestrian border crosser who arrived at approximately 5:30 p.m. During the inspection CBP officers identified an unusual bulge in her abdomen area. The budge turned out to be a methamphetamine filled package strapped to her body.
CBP officers took custody of the pedestrian, a 24-year-old female Mexican citizen. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all 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 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.