U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics indicate more than 140,000 pounds of methamphetamine were confiscated in 2023. But there's a little more added to the pile, according to a release from the law enforcement agency.
Border Patrol guards arrested a 31-year-old Mexican woman on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 354 pounds of methamphetamine into Texas.
In a news release, CBP explained the suspect tried to enter through the Paso Del Norte international crossing near El Paso just before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in a “failed smuggling attempt.”
The agency stated drug-sniffing K-9 officers drew the attention of guards to a Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by the Mexican national.
“CBP officers performed a Z-Portal x-ray scan on the vehicle and noted anomalies. A physical exam of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 161 foil-wrapped bundles hidden beneath the truck bed liner. The contents of the bundles tested positive for methamphetamine,” the agency said.
The driver was arrested and transferred into the custody of Texas DPS to be charged, according to CBP.
The agency's director of field operations for El Paso, Hector Mancha, commented on the bust.
“This is an enormous seizure and demonstrates the need for CBP officers to remain vigilant at all times,” Mancha said. “CBP officers utilized a variety of tools to identify and stop this smuggler.”
In October, just under 11,400 pounds of methamphetamine were confiscated by CBP, whose statistics show over 140,000 pounds have been seized this year alone.
Earlier in 2023, a U.S. district judge sentenced another Mexican citizen to 12 years in prison. The man was convicted for smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine into Texas.