SANTA TERESA, N.M. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized three pounds of methamphetamine Thursday. The drugs were concealed within the bra of a female border crosser and inside the oil pan of the car she was driving.
“This seizure represents both extremes smugglers will go to conceal contraband,” said Ray Provencio, CBP Santa Teresa Port Director. “Smugglers built a special compartment to stash a portion of the drug load within the engine compartment which is a very involved process. The other side of the spectrum is someone simply trying to hide contraband under their clothing which is very low tech.”
This seizure was made at approximately 11:45 a.m. Thursday when 2006 Dodge Stratus entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP officers searched the vehicle and noticed an anomaly in the appearance of the oil pan. CBP officers used a “Buster” density meter to examine the area and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband. The oil pan was opened revealing a non-factory metal box which contained methamphetamine. The female driver was taken into custody during which CBP officers performed a pat down exam and located two additional packages of methamphetamine concealed within her bra.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the van, 32-year-old Angelica Guadalupe Gomez Carrillo of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
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.