On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Ysleta port of entry and the El Paso port of entry recorded two sizable busts.
Agents working the Ysleta port seized 1,543 pounds of liquid methamphetamine, while agents at the El Paso port seized more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition.
The meth seizure was made shortly after 7 p.m. when a tractor-trailer entered the Ysleta port of entry commercial cargo facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the shipment for an inspection.
Officers off loaded the shipment of what appeared to be multi-use cleaner and determined that 32 bottles in the shipment contained liquid methamphetamine. The meth was seized and the investigation continues.
“This is a huge seizure and more than triples the 425 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers working El Paso area ports for all of fiscal year 2019,”said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations.
Earlier in the day, at approximately 3:15 p.m., a 2007 Honda Accord with two women attempted to drive south from the U.S. to Mexico. CBP officers conducting southbound operations selected the vehicle for inspection.
CBP officers located 16 boxes of 7.62 caliber ammunition hidden under a blanket in the rear seat and floor of the car. Each box contained 520 rounds of ammunition.
The ammunition was seized and the case remains under investigation.
“Our primary focus is checking what is arriving however CBP also conducts outbound inspections to stop the illicit flow of money, weapons and ammunition going south,” Mancha added.