POSTED: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 8:34am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 8:38am
EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say their officers made several drug busts at El Paso's Ports of Entry over the Labor Day weekend.
They included seizures of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
CBP officers confiscated a total of 1,691.78 pounds of marijuana, 24 pounds of cocaine and 1.1 pounds of methamphetamines.
Two of the seizures contained a combination of two different narcotics within each vehicle. The seizures were two of 12 drug busts CBP officers made during the Labor Day period.
In the first combo seizure of the holiday period, CBP officers at the Presidio port of entry confiscated 83.16 pounds of marijuana and 1.1 pounds of crystal methamphetamine on Sunday. The seizure was made after a 1998 Chevy Malibu entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noticed inconsistencies on the floor area of the vehicle. CBP drug sniffing dog “Monroe” searched the vehicle and alerted to the floor area. The vehicle was taken to a separate inspection area where an extensive inspection of the vehicle was conducted and a false floor was discovered. CBP officers retrieved 75 packages concealed in the compartment. The contents of 74 bundles tested positive for marijuana and the contents of one of the bundles tested positive for methamphetamine properties.
CBP officers arrested 27-year-old Crystal Lynn Mercer of San Antonio, Texas. She was turned over to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents after the case was accepted for federal prosecution to face federal charges including importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.