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Another meth bust at Presidio port

March 16th, 2017 under Top Stories
(CBP photo) The meth in last week’s seizure was discovered in the car’s battery.

(CBP photo)
The meth in last week’s seizure was discovered in the car’s battery.

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 5.7 pounds of methamphetamines Friday morning, March 10. The methamphetamine, valued at approximately $200,000, was discovered in the battery of a vehicle, according to an agency news release.

“Drug smugglers get very creative in their attempts to smuggle drugs into the United States,” said Michael Neipert CBP Presidio Port Director, “but our officers are ever vigilant for new or different smuggling trends utilized by drug traffickers.”

Since September 2016, a total 114.7 pounds of meth have been seized at the Presidio port, resulting in five arrests. Meth smuggling attempts appear to be increasing at Presidio and other border crossings, CBP officials have said.

The September 2016 bust confiscated 28 pounds of the crystalline narcotic. Two seizures in January resulted in the seizure of 61 pounds, including a 40-pound seizure that set a record for port officers. Another 20 pounds were discovered in February.

Last week’s seizure was made just after 1am when a 2006 Peugeot 206 driven by a 30-year-old male Mexican national made entry at the Presidio port. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a thorough inspection and noted tampering with the battery. The officers probed the battery and discovered a clear, plastic bag containing a crystalline substance. The substance field-tested positive for the properties of methamphetamine.

CBP officers arrested the driver and turned him over to ICE/HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

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