EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso area port of entry seized 2.3 pounds of heroin and 1.8 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday. The drugs were strapped to the body of a male teenage pedestrian border crosser.
“CBP officers remain focused on stopping the flow of drugs at the border before they can wreak havoc in the communities we all call home,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good.
The seizure was made just before 7 p.m. when the subject entered the pedestrian inspection facility from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection area selected the man for a thorough exam based upon a number of factors. A search in the secondary exam area resulted in the discovery of something wrapped around the man’s torso. The man told CBP officers he was carrying drugs. A CBP drug sniffing dog confirmed the presence of drugs on the subject.
CBP officers continued their exam. They located two drug-filled bundles attached to the back and abdomen of the teen. The contents of the packages tested positive for heroin and methamphetamine.
CBP officers took custody of the man, an 18-year-old 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.
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.