EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry commercial cargo lot intercepted 1,037 pounds of methamphetamine from a dump trailer being hauled by a truck.
“Excellent job by our CBP officers in intercepting this enormous quantity of a very dangerous drug,” said acting Santa Teresa Port Director John Hawkins. “To put this into perspective during the last fiscal year CBP officers working in the El Paso Field Office area of operations seized 8,798 pounds of methamphetamine combined.”
CBP officers made the seizure June 30 after an individual driving a truck hauling a dump trailer applied for entry into the U.S. from Mexico at the Santa Teresa port. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary inspection.
CBP officers conducted a non-intrusive inspection where they identified anomalies in the appearance of the dump trailer. Further examination led CBP officers to the discovery of 208 bundles with a combined weight of 1,037 pounds of a substance which tested positive for the properties of methamphetamine.
The narcotics and truck were seized by CBP, and the driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.