Second large narcotics seizure made this week at Big Bend Sector Immigration Checkpoint
April 13th, 2017 under Top Stories
SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Sierra Blanca Traffic Checkpoint on I-10, 85 miles east of El Paso, arrested a female Mexican National on Wednesday who was attempting to smuggle a large load of methamphetamine.
After conducting an initial immigration inspection, agents referred the female driver to secondary inspection for a non-intrusive x-ray scan of the vehicle. The scan revealed packages concealed within the vehicle. Further investigation and a positive alert by a Border Patrol canine team revealed over 20 brick-like packages hidden throughout the vehicle.
The bricks contained over 31 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of more than $1,017,000.
This latest drug seizure highlights the importance of technology for U.S. Border Patrol agents who work around-the-clock at Immigration Checkpoints on the southwest border by elevating the capabilities and force multipliers of the Border Patrol and its many law enforcement partners.
The female driver, narcotics, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in El Paso, Texas for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.