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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Ysleta Port of Entry seized approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine, found taped to a teen.
The bust happened Sunday afternoon, when a U.S. citizen arrived as a pedestrian from Mexico. CBP officers selected the teen for an intensive examination.
According to CBP officials, a “layered enforcement approach” helped in making this seizure which included officer awareness, experience, and a drug-sniffing canine team.
CBP officials said the packages were concealed under the clothing of 15-year-old male, strapped to his back and waist area. The contents of the packages tested positive for methamphetamine.
“Drug trafficking organizations will use anyone and any imaginable method to smuggle in dangerous drugs,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha.
“In this case, using a young teenager to attempt to get their narcotics past the officers failed.”
The drugs were seized and the case remains under investigation.