The men and women tasked with keeping illegal drugs from crossing our southern border were certainly busy this past weekend. Agents in Texas and California reportedly seized cocaine, liquid meth and marijuana in just 3 instances.
Agents at the Presidio port of entry say they confiscated more than 200 pounds of marijuana wrapped in more than 100 packets last Friday morning. The drugs were hidden, say agents, in a pickup that had been given what is being characterized as “a false bed”.
“Using false bed compartments in pick-up trucks is commonly used by smugglers,” said CBP Presidio Port Director Michael Neipert, crediting “officer experience” and good equipment for the bust.
The truck’s driver is reportedly a U.S. citizen; his passenger is from Mexico. Both are now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents.
Salton City, California
In Salton City, another U.S. citizen was arrested for smuggling–this time it was liquid methamphetamine hidden in one of his vehicle’s fuel tanks. A K9 officer indicated that something was wrong with the truck, prompting human agents to take a closer look. In one of the gas tanks they reportedly found a substance that did not appear to be fuel. Tests revealed it to be meth.
In all, the tank yielded 75 pounds of liquid meth with an estimated value of just under $200,000.00.
In another case of a K9 officer being the first to sense an issue, a man from Mexico was arrested Sunday after an inspection found 56 wrapped packages believed to contain meth and another 5 packets believed to hold cocaine.
Image courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection.