EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 164.5 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Friday afternoon. The drugs have an estimated street value of $3,948,000.
“Smugglers spent considerable time and effort to conceal this liquid meth load,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This seizure proves again that smugglers will use any available space in a vehicle to hide their contraband.”
The seizure was made at approximately 12:55 p.m. when a 1989 Chevrolet 1500 pick-up arrived at the Paso Del Norte international crossing from Mexico. CBP officers were performing a sweep of vehicles in the queue just north of the primary inspection area when a CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to a vehicle in line. CBP drug sniffing dog “Joep” searched the pick-up and alerted to the odor of narcotics in the gas tank area. CBP officers removed 6 containers of the liquid meth from a gas tank compartment.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 37-year-old male of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face 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.