U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently seized hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine from the fuel tank of a commercial vehicle.
On March 30, 2022, a 47 year old Mexican truck driver attempted to enter the U.S. at the Ysleta Port of Entry cargo facility located in El Paso, Texas.
The truck was referred for a secondary inspection.
In secondary, CBP Officers conducted a non-intrusive inspection where they identified anomalies located within the fuel tank of the vehicle. A CBP Officer with his drug-sniffing canine partner assisted with the inspection, resulting in an alert to the presence of a trained odor emitting from the vehicle. Further examination led CBP Officers to discover the tank to be full of a substance which tested positive for the properties of methamphetamine. The liquid methamphetamine, once safely extracted from the fuel tank and secured in containers was seized by CBP.
The seized drugs weigh 548 pounds and have an estimated street value of $3 million.
Officials say that no arrests were immediately made and the incident remains under investigation.
“This significant seizure is a perfect example of the work our CBP Officers do on a daily basis to protect our communities and nation,” said CBP Ysleta Port Director Arnoldo Gomez.