EL PASO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the El Paso port of entry seized 6.1 pounds of methamphetamine at the El Paso port of entry Wednesday night. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $195,200.
“This seizure was the result of an enforcement sweep of the cars waiting in line to enter the U.S. from Mexico,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This has been a very effective method for CBP to quickly screen multiple vehicles and identify drug loads without disrupting the flow of legitimate trade and travel.”
The seizure was made just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Paso Del Norte crossing when CBP officers, CBP canine teams and Border Patrol agents were conducting an enforcement operation at the Paso Del Norte crossing. CBP personnel were screening vehicles waiting in line when CBP drug sniffing dog “Shake” alerted to a Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck with a single occupant. A CBP canine handler inspected the undercarriage of the vehicle and spotted several bundles attached to the truck. CBP personnel interviewed the driver who was nervous during routine questioning. CBP officers brought the vehicle to the secondary search area and removed five bundles from the frame rails of the truck. The drugs weighed 6.1 pounds.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle. He is identified as 30-year-old Daniel Anaya of El Paso, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
In addition to the methamphetamine seizure area CBP officers on Wednesday seized 386 pounds of marijuana in four seizures, collected $250 in civil penalties and seized apples, oranges, avocados and potatoes in a pair of agricultural smuggling cases, and assessed $12,500 in penalties for five vehicle export violations.
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.