CBP Stops Two Methamphetamine Body Carriers
EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry arrested two methamphetamine smugglers Tuesday. The pair were traveling together in a vehicle that entered the U.S. from Mexico.
“CBP officers remain vigilant in their efforts to stop smugglers and other violators,” said Ray Provencio, acting CBP El Paso port director. “Smugglers will attempt any means to transport drugs across the border.”
The seizure occurred just after 6 pm at the Ysleta crossing when a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu with three occupants entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers initiated a secondary exam during which a CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs. A 37-year-old male U.S. citizen had a bundle of methamphetamine weighing less than one pound concealed in his crotch area. A 26-year-old female U.S. citizen had a bundle of methamphetamine weighing less than one pound concealed internally in her vagina which she voluntarily removed during the inspection.
Both subjects who were carrying drugs were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt. The third individual was released.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.