PRESIDIO, TX -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 5.7 pounds of methamphetamines over the weekend. The methamphetamine, valued at approximately $200,000 dollars, was discovered in the battery of a vehicle.
“Drug smugglers get very creative in their attempts to smuggle drugs into the United States,” said Michael Neipert CBP Presidio Port Director, “but our officers are ever vigilant for new or different smuggling trends utilized by drug traffickers.”
The seizure was made just after 1:00 a.m. when a 2006 Peugeot 206 driven by a 30-year-old male Mexican national made entry at the Presidio Port. CBP Officers selected the vehicle for a thorough inspection and noted tampering with the battery. The officers probed the battery and discovered a clear, plastic bag containing a crystalline substance. The substance field tested positive for the properties of methamphetamine.
CBP officers arrested the driver and turned him over to ICE/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 an impressive number of enforcement actions.
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.