EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso Port of Entry seized 28.4 pounds of methamphetamine in a seizure on Friday. The estimate street value of the seized contraband is $681,600.
“This is an example of the important work our officers perform on a daily basis. This interception by our officers kept a significant amount of dangerous drugs from getting on the streets,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director.
The seizure was made at 8:35 a.m. at the Paso Del Norte international crossing when a 2002 Jeep Liberty driven by a female entered the facility from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noted that the driver was noticeably nervous and selected the car for a secondary exam. CBP drug sniffing dog, “Atoss”, searched the car and alerted to narcotics in the roof area of the vehicle. CBP officers removed a total of four drug-filled bundles from the hidden roof compartment.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 24-year-old Mexican citizen. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug 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.