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It was a busy two day span for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the El Paso ports of entry, with seven drug busts in just 48 hours.
CBP officials say the first seizure happened on June 29, at the Ysleta port of entry when a 27-year-old male U.S. Citizen arrived from Mexico in a 2008 Pontiac G6.
During the secondary inspection, a CBP drug-sniffing dog behavior and an X-ray examination revealed several anomalies in the vehicle’s dash area. Officers found total of 27.27 pounds of cocaine hidden.
The second seizure occurred June 29, at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing shortly before 3 p.m. A 19-year-old male U.S. citizen in a 2004 Ford Ranger arrived from Mexico.
CBP Officers selected the driver and the vehicle for a secondary inspection. During the inspection, a total of 29.54 pounds of methamphetamine was removed from the vehicle’s gas tank.
Then on June 30, at the Ysleta port of entry, officers made two busts.
The first happened shortly after 8 a.m. when an 23-year-old male United States citizen drove in from Mexico in a 2013 Nissan Altima.
A secondary inspection was ordered and a CBP drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle and an X-ray examination indicated something was hidden in the vehicle’s quarter panels. A total of 8.07 pounds of cocaine were removed from the car.
Later the same day, a 18-year-old male United States citizen male driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 arrived from Mexico.
After a CBP drug-sniffing dog let officers know there were drugs in the vehicle, they again used the X-ray and found a total of 30.25 pounds of cocaine hidden in the seat.
The remaining three drug busts occurred at the Ysleta port of entry and the Paso Del Norte border crossing on June 29 and June 30. CBP Officers seized 7.05 pounds of methamphetamine and .011 pounds of heroin from three individuals with the drugs strapped to their bodies.
“CBP is committed to disrupting drug trafficking organizations’ attempts to smuggle narcotics through ports of entry and into our communities,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha.
“CBP Officers are faced with an array of smuggling attempts and concealment methods. The Officers’ passion and dedication to our mission is critical in stopping contraband from entering our country.”
All subjects were arrested by CBP Officers and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and local law enforcement to face charges for the failed smuggling attempts.