EL PASO, TEXAS – United States customs and border protection officers working at the Bridge of the Americas port of entry in El Paso seized 14.4 pounds of heroin and 104 pounds of liquid methamphetamine on July 22. One person was arrested in this case.
“This is a significant drug load and a significant interception,” said CBP El Paso director of field operations Hector Mancha. “Our officers remain vigilant and continue to work hard to arrest those who intend to bring dangerous narcotics into our community.”
The seizure was made just before 10 a.m. when a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by a 21-year-old US citizen entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary inspection during which a CBP drug sniffer dog alerted the van. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z portal x-ray system and noted abnormalities in the rear quarter panels.
CBP officers discovered six packs full of heroin hidden in the side panels. Two cases of water bottles were also found in the rear cargo section of the van. The contents of the bottles tested positive for liquid methamphetamine.
CBP agents arrested the man and turned him over to special agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to face charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.