Juarez man, 57, attempts to smuggle crystal meth, CBP says
U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested a 57-year-old Juarez man accused of smuggling crystal meth at Paso Del Norte Port of Entry Thursday evening.
CBP says around 9:30 p.m., a 1998 Ford pick-up truck arrived at the Paso Del Norte international crossing from Mexico.
Authorities say that’s when the first CBP officer referred the truck for a secondary intensive inspection.
CBP says CBP drug sniffing dog “Tina” searched the truck and alerted officials to the other of narcotics in the backseat area.
Officials say officers found 15 drug-filled bundles, 36.7 pounds, in the backseat compartment.
“This interdiction removes a sizeable amount of crystal methamphetamine from the streets of our communities and the reach of our youth,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good. “CBP officers quickly and efficiently process thousands of law abiding commuters on a daily basis while also identifying those who willingly violate the laws of our nation.”
CBP says officers arrested the man and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges of a failed smuggling attempt.
The drugs have an estimated street value of $880,800.