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In a little over six hours U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Ysleta port of entry had three big busts, resulting in the seizure of methamphetamine, heroin, and ammunition.
According to CBP officials, the first seizure happened July 15 at approximately 5:30 p.m. when a male 18-year-old United States citizen arrived from Mexico in a 2007 Dodge Charger.
“The primary CBP Officer selected the male for a secondary inspection, [and] during this inspection, a CBP drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle and an X-ray examination revealed several anomalies in the vehicle’s dash area, rear quarter panels and floor.”
A total of 34.3 pounds of methamphetamine were taken from the vehicle, while the driver was arrested by CBP officers and will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
The second seizure occurred a few hours later at approximately 8:30 p.m. when a male 16-year-old United States citizen male walked across the bridge from Mexico. The CBP Officer selected the teen for a secondary inspection, where fellow officers discovered two drug-filled bundles strapped to the subject’s inner thighs.
A total of 2.29 pounds of black tar heroin were seized and the teen was arrested.
The third seizure occurred approximately one hour later when a male 21-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was headed into Mexico and was selected for inspection.
During the inspection, a CBP Officers discovered 150 rounds of 9mm ammunition. The ammunition was seized and the investigation continues.
“CBP Officers are vigilant and use their law enforcement training to stop these smuggling attempts,” said CBP Ysleta Port Director Arnoldo Gomez. “The Officers’ passion and dedication to our mission is critical in stopping contraband from entering our country.”