Federal officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continue to seize dangerous methamphetamine smuggling shipments at border ports of entry.
CBP officers working at the San Luis Port of Entry seized over fifty pounds of the illicit substance as man driving a Ford sedan attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Thursday, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by CBP officials.
The U.S. citizen was returning to the U.S. from Mexico when CBP officers were alerted by a drug detection K-9 officer. A more invasive search of the vehicle revealed fifty-two pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle’s rocker panel below the doors.
The drugs, valued by CBP officials at $156,000, were seized along with the man’s car. The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit for the processing of possible smuggling charges.
That same day, in Del Rio, Texas, CBP officers searched a 1999 Chevy Tahoe returning from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. During the search, officers discovered 7 ounces of meth hidden in a container of hand sanitizer, the statement from CBP officials revealed.
The movement of narcotics in Coahuila is tightly controlled by the Los Zetas drug cartel. Breitbart Texas has reported extensively on the activities of this dangerous criminal organization.
The meth was found in the cargo area of the Tahoe which was seized by CBP officials.
The hidden methamphetamine was valued by officials at $8,593. The driver, a U.S. citizen from Del Rio, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for processing and possible prosecution.
“CBP officers display exemplary vigilance in keeping narcotics from reaching our communities,” Del Rio Port of Entry Director Alberto D. Perez said in the statement. “This seizure is yet another example of the dedication and professionalism our frontline CBP officers put forth on a daily basis.”