Officers found 161 packages wrapped in foil hidden under the liner of a truck bed.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 354 pounds of methamphetamine from a van crossing the U.S. border from Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection agents working at the Paso Del Norte international border crossing between the U.S. state of New Mexico and Mexico made the seizure around 4 p.m. Saturday while conducting a raid. preschool inspection in the area just south of the inspection booths. , according to a press release issued Monday by CBP.
CBP “encountered a Dodge Ram truck driven by a 31-year-old Mexican woman,” according to the release. “A CBP drug-sniffing dog alerted from the bed of the pickup. CBP officers escorted the vehicle to the secondary examination area.
Authorities then performed a Z-Portal x-ray on the vehicle and began to notice several abnormalities in the vehicle.
“A physical examination of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 161 foil-wrapped packages hidden under the truck bed liner,” CBP said. “The contents of the packages tested positive for methamphetamine.”
CBP officers immediately arrested the driver and she was turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety to face charges related to the failed smuggling attempt.
“This is a huge seizure that demonstrates the need for CBP officers to remain vigilant at all times,” said Hector Mancha, director of field operations for CBP El Paso. “CBP officers used a variety of tools to identify and arrest this smuggler.”
The investigation is currently underway.