CBP Stops Pedestrian With Methamphetamine Load
EL PASO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 3.2 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday. The drugs were hidden in a bag.
“CBP officers utilize a variety of tools to identify and stop drug smuggling attempts,” said Ray Provencio, acting CBP El Paso Port Director. “History has shown smugglers will employ a variety of means in their attempts to cross contraband.”
The seizure was made at approximately 1:30 p.m. when a 36-year-old male U.S. citizen male entered the port from Mexico as a pedestrian. CBP officers scanned the bag he was carrying and spotted bundles consistent with previous drug smuggling attempts. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the bag and provided a positive alert for the presence of drugs. CBP officers continued the inspection and removed three foil wrapped bundles from the bag. The contents tested positive for methamphetamine.
CBP officers arrested the man. He was turned over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
In addition to the methamphetamine seizure area CBP officers on Thursday seized a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, stopped prohibited agricultural items from entering the U.S., and made five fugitive apprehensions.
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.