EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the El Paso, Texas port of entry seized 1.9 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday. One man was arrested in the case.
"The important work that CBP performs at the port of entry helps keep this nation safe and secure," said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. "CBP officers remain vigilant to all threats."
The seizure was made just after 7 p.m. Thursday while CBP officers and Border Patrol agents were performing an enforcement sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the Bridge of the Americas. A CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe that was entering the U.S. from Mexico. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-Portal non-intrusive inspection system and spotted anomalies in the rocker panel area of the SUV. CBP officers continued their exam and located five methamphetamine-filled bundles in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested by CBP officers. He is identified as 27-year-old Burt Allen Smith of Wichita, Kansas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Federal prosecution was accepted on charges associated with the failed 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.