EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 2.25 pounds of methamphetamine this morning. The drugs were concealed within the waistband of a Juarez teenager.
"This seizure reminds us all that a smuggler can be young or old, man or woman, traveling alone or with a family," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director.
The seizure was made just before 6 a.m. today at the Ysleta international crossing when a male pedestrian applied for entry at the primary inspection station. A CBP officer noted that the man appeared nervous and hesitant during a routine interview. The CBP officer spotted what appeared to be bundle beneath the clothes the man was wearing. The man was detained and searched at which time CBP officers discovered a single bundle tucked into his waistband. The contents of the bundle tested positive for methamphetamine.
CBP officers took custody of the man, 18-year-old Jesus Manuel Chavarria Rivera of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He was 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.