Early Friday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents made a ‘socially distanced’ drug bust near the Ysleta Port of Entry.
Agency officials share that a Ysleta Border Patrol Agent conducting surveillance, spotted someone approaching the border fence shortly after midnight August 21.
Agents rushed to the area and, after conducting a search, discovered an abandoned plastic bag concealing several small bundles left near the fence.
“The suspect contraband was transported to the Ysleta station to be tested and weighed,” Border Patrol officials said. “The bag contained 7.75 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of just under $250,000 and 24.2 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of almost $20,000.”
The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Officials say that during the pandemic, U.S. Border Patrol Agents have encountered a surge of smuggling attempts involving hard drugs, such as methamphetamine, between U.S. ports of entry.
“The El Paso region is a rich environment that makes it enticing for Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) to exploit daily by smuggling drugs and people,” stated El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez.
“We have seen an uptick in criminal activity in the last few months with human smuggling events and drug seizures. The determination and actions of our skilled Border Patrol agents have prevented TCOs from negatively impacting our communities.”
Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol while remaining anonymous by calling 1-800-635-2509.