Mar 27, 2014
Just over 6 pounds of methamphetamine was seized at the Paso Del Norte bridge on Wednesday night by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents.
The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $195,200.
“This seizure was the result of an enforcement sweep of the cars waiting in line to enter the U.S. from Mexico,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This has been a very effective method for CBP to quickly screen multiple vehicles and identify drug loads without disrupting the flow of legitimate trade and travel.”
CBP drug sniffing dog “Shake” alerted agents to the drugs hidden under the truck, according to CBP officials.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 30-year-old Daniel Anaya of El Paso. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
In addition to the methamphetamine seizure area CBP officers on Wednesday seized 386 pounds of marijuana in four seizures, collected $250 in civil penalties and seized apples, oranges, avocados and potatoes in a pair of agricultural smuggling cases, and assessed $12,500 in penalties for five vehicle export violations.