EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 26 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Thursday night. A 24-year-old Juarez woman was arrested in the case.
"CBP officers remain vigilant to all types of smuggling threats," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. "Liquid methamphetamine is not common but the good work of well-trained CBP officers prevented this shipment from reaching its intended destination."
The seizure was made just before 6 p.m. when a taxi with one passenger entered the Paso Del Norte international bridge. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth initiated an inspection and noted that several juice bottles being transported by the driver appeared suspicious. CBP drug sniffing dog "Drago" searched the vehicle and alerted to a piece of luggage containing multiple bottles. CBP officers tested the contents of the bottles and found that nine contained liquid methamphetamine.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 24-year-old Isabel Munoz of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was turned over to and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection 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.