CBP nabs Meth at Port of Entry
POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:48pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 4:13pm
Officials: Six-pound-bust worth estimated $195k+
El Paso, Tx — Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 6.1 pounds of methamphetamine at the Paso Del Norte port of entry.
CBP officials say the seizure was made just after 9 p.m. Wednesday night. CBP officers were screening vehicles waiting in line when drug sniffing dog “Shake” alerted to a Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck.
Shake's handler looked under the truck and spotted several black bundles attached to the frame of the truck. Officers took the truck to the secondary search area, where they removed five bundles from the frame rails of the truck. Officers say the drugs weighed 6.1 pounds and the estimated street value of the seized contraband is $195,200.
CBP Port Director Hector Mancha says, “This seizure was the result of an enforcement sweep of the cars waiting in line to enter the U.S. from Mexico.” He added, “This has been a very effective method for CBP to quickly screen multiple vehicles and identify drug loads without disrupting the flow of legitimate trade and travel.”
CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle. He is identified as 30-year-old Daniel Anaya of El Paso, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the alleged smuggling attempt.
In addition to the meth seizure, area CBP officers also seized 386 pounds of marijuana in four seizures, collected $250 in civil penalties and seized apples, oranges, avocados and potatoes in a pair of agricultural smuggling cases, and assessed $12,500 in penalties for five vehicle export violations.