U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel working at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing located in El Paso, Texas intercepted 26 pounds of methamphetamine along with the equivalent of 10 pounds of Fentanyl within the course of a single unsuccessful smuggling effort.
Bridge of the Americas methamphetamine load.
“Most smuggling cases involve a single type of drug,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Ray E. Provencio. “Seeing large amounts of two hard drugs being brought together in a smuggling operation is noteworthy. This was an excellent find by our CBP officers who are determined to complete their drug interdiction mission.”
The interception occurred on Nov. 6, after CBP officers encountered an 18 year old male U.S. citizen who arrived from Mexico through the car lanes. The CBP officer recommended the man for an additional examination of the vehicle , which comprised an inspection that was not intrusive (x-ray) examination. Once anomalies were identified an extensive hunt was conducted that led CBP officers to find 25 bundles that were hidden inside the vehicle. One bundle contained 26.23 pounds of methamphetamine and four of the bundles had 10.09 pounds of fentanyl.
The vehicle as well as the narcotics had been seized by CBP. The arrests were not made immediately since the matter is still under review.