EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry made a pair of methamphetamine seizures Wednesday. In both cases the violators were 17-year-old’s who had the drugs strapped to their bodies.
“These two teenagers are facing charges associated with their failed attempt,”said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Becoming involved in the drug smuggling trade at any age has severe consequences as these two are now learning.”
One seizure was made just before 1 p.m. when a 17-year-old U.S. citizen male arrived as a pedestrian at the Bridge of the Americas. CBP officers working the primary inspection station noted that the teen was nervous and evasive during routine processing. CBP officers also noted a bulge in the lower groin area of the border crosser. An inspection confirmed the presence of a package taped to his waist and groin area. The package was removed and found to contain two bundles filled with a substance which tested positive as methamphetamine. The drugs weighed 2.75 pounds.
The other methamphetamine seizure was made just after 5 p.m. when a 17-year-old U.S. citizen female arrived as a pedestrian at the Ysleta international crossing. CBP officers working the primary inspection station selected the border crosser for a canine exam. CBP drug sniffing dog “Basa” alerted to the subject. An inspection confirmed the presence of three packages attached to the leg of the subject. The packages were removed and found to contain a substance which tested positive as methamphetamine. The drugs weighed 3.15 pounds.
CBP officers took both subjects into custody. They were turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety to face charges associated with the smuggling attempts.
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.