U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized approximately 15.55 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.5 pounds of heroin, and 510 oxycodone pills in two seizures earlier this week.
“Drug trafficking organizations continue their attempts to smuggle narcotics through ports of entry and into our communities,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good. “CBP officers were vigilant and used their training to thwart both of these attempts.”
Officials say the first seizure occurred May 18, at the Paso Del Norte border crossing when a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen tried to smuggle drugs strapped to his body.
As the man entered the U.S. via the pedestrian walkway, CBP officers selected him for a secondary inspection. During this inspection, CBP officers found 1.5 pounds of heroin, .05 pounds of methamphetamine, and 510 oxycodone pills in the man’s waistline and pockets.
The second seizure occurred later the same day at the Bridge of the Americas, as two U.S. citizens, a 31-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, crossed the bridge in a 2020 Toyota Camry.
CBP officers selected the duo for secondary inspection and that’s when the CBP’s X-ray examination of the vehicle revealed several anomalies in one of the rear tires. CBP officers cut the tire open and found 15.5 pounds of methamphetamine.
All subjects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations to face charges for the failed smuggling attempts.