Tuesday afternoon, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that officers working at the Ysleta Port of Entry made two huge drug busts on consecutive days last week.
The busts led to the seizure of over 212 pounds of methamphetamine and 22 pounds of cocaine.
According to officials, the largest seizure occurred August 2 shortly before 11 p.m. when a 33-year-old, only identified as a male United States citizen, arrived from Mexico in a 2018 Toyota Tacoma.
“The primary CBP Officer selected the male for a secondary inspection. 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 tires,” CBP officials said.
“A total of 153.22 pounds of methamphetamine were extracted from the vehicle and the driver was arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.”
The second largest seizure occurred almost 24 hours earlier, on August 1 when officials say that a 31-year-old female United States citizen arrived from Mexico in a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country with her three children.
CBP officials say that the primary CBP Officer selected the her vehicle for a secondary inspection.
“During this inspection, an X-ray examination revealed several anomalies in the vehicle’s seats, where a total of 29.6 pounds of methamphetamine were extracted from the vehicle,” CBP officials say. “She was arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.”
The remaining seizures included two 16-year-old United States citizen teenagers with drugs strapped to their bodies, and a 27-year-old United Sates citizen male with 28.15 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the dashboard and quarter panels of a 2016 Nissan Rogue.
“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.”
Subjects were arrested by CBP Officers and will face charges for their failed smuggling attempts.