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This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Bridge of the Americas port of entry in El Paso seized 14.4 pounds of heroin and 104 pounds of liquid methamphetamine.
“This is a sizeable drug load and a significant intercept,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “Our officers remain vigilant and continue to work hard to stop those who intend to introduce dangerous narcotics to our community.”
CBP officials say the seizure was made just before 10 a.m. on July 22nd, when a 2003 Dodge Caravan being driven by a 21-year-old male U.S. citizen entered the port from Mexico.
“CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary inspection during which a CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to the va,” officials shared. “CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-portal x-ray system and noted anomalies in the quarter panels.”
Officers discovered six heroin-filled bundles hidden in the quarter panels, as well as two cases of water bottles in the rear cargo section of the van.
The contents of the bottles tested positive for liquid methamphetamine.
CBP officers arrested the man and turned him over Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents to face charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.