U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 26.2 pounds of methamphetamine Wednesday evening.
CBP officials say the seizure was made at approximately 6:15 p.m., when a 2008 Volkswagen Beetle arrived at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing from Mexico. The primary CBP officer sent the vehicle to the secondary station for an intensive inspection.
Officials say that an X-ray system was used and the images revealed anomalies in the spare tire of the vehicle. A total of 11 drug-filled packages were recovered.
CBP officers arrested the driver, only identified as a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen. She was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
“A multi-layered inspection involving an x-ray system, solid interviewing techniques, and officer experience led to this significant seizure,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good.
“CBP officers quickly and efficiently process thousands of law abiding commuters on a daily basis while also identifying those who willingly violate the laws of our nation.”