EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 3.1 pounds of crystal methamphetamine on Tuesday. A 20-year-old man was arrested and is currently detained without bond at the El Paso County jail.
"This seizure was the direct result of CBP officer expertise," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. "An officer noted the peculiar behavior of a border crosser and took appropriate action."
The seizure was made just after 4 p.m. when a man entered the pedestrian inspection area at the Paso Del Norte international crossing. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station initiated an exam and felt bundles around the waist of the subject. The man was detained and CBP officers continued their exam in a secure area. CBP officers found four methamphetamine filled packages strapped to the waist of the man and another two on his legs. The drugs weighed 3.1 pounds.
CBP officers arrested the pedestrian, 20-year-old William Horacio Pavia of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He 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.
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.