Friday morning, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials announced that U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man allegedly attempting to smuggle over $1m worth of meth.
According to officials, on Thursday, agents working at the U.S. highway 62/180 checkpoint east of El Paso, inspected a vehicle with a driver confirmed as a U.S. citizen.
During the stop, a secondary search by a drug sniffing dog, resulted in the discovery of the meth.
“Agents continued their exam and determined that the driver had a prior criminal history,” officials shared. “The vehicle inspection revealed bundles of a clear crystal like substance in a tire [and] the substance tested positive for methamphetamine.”
Agents seized 42.5 pounds of the drug with an estimated street value of $1,360,000 dollars.
“Specialty Units such as our canines are an integral part of our day to day operations” said Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez. “Our canines are highly trained and paired with Border Patrol agents they become a valuable team enhancing our border security mission.”
The driver and drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.