CBP officers seize 225 pounds of drugs at Ysleta Port of Entry

CBP officers seize 225 pounds of drugs at Ysleta Port of Entry

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Ysleta Port of Entry seized a combined 225 pounds of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in four separate failed smuggling attempts last week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, officers encountered a 44-year-old woman, a Mexican citizen who arrived via the vehicle lanes. During a primary inspection, officers located bundles within the trunk of the vehicle and a thorough search led to the discovery of 16.55 pounds of cocaine.

16.55 lbs of cocaine. <em>Photo: U.S. CBP</em>
16.55 lbs of cocaine. Photo: U.S. CBP

On Friday, Feb. 9, officers encountered a 24-year-old woman, also a Mexican citizen, enrolled in the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program who arrived via the Dedicated Commuter Lane. The woman was referred for a secondary inspection of the vehicle which led to the discovery of multiple bundles containing 40.03 pounds of fentanyl and 41.13 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.

Bundles containing 40.03 pounds of fentanyl and 41.13 pounds of methamphetamine. <em>Photo: U.S. CBP</em>
Bundles containing 40.03 pounds of fentanyl and 41.13 pounds of methamphetamine. Photo: U.S. CBP

A few minutes later, officers encountered a 34-year-old man, a Mexican citizen who arrived via the vehicle lanes. During a primary inspection, officers located bundles within the quarter panels of the vehicle. A thorough search led to the discovery of 2.51 pounds of fentanyl pills, 2.86 pounds of powdered fentanyl and 5.2 pounds of methamphetamine.

2.51 pounds of fentanyl pills, 2.86 pounds of powdered fentanyl and 5.2 pounds of methamphetamine. <em>Photo: U.S. CBP</em>
2.51 pounds of fentanyl pills, 2.86 pounds of powdered fentanyl and 5.2 pounds of methamphetamine. Photo: U.S. CBP

Hours later, officers encountered a 20-year-old man, U.S. citizen who arrived via the vehicle lanes. The man was referred for a secondary inspection of the vehicle which included screening by a CBP canine and X-ray exam. Bales containing 117.65 pounds of marijuana-filled packages were located in the vehicle’s trunk.

Bales containing 117.65 pounds of marijuana-filled packages. <em>Photo: U.S. CBP</em>
Bales containing 117.65 pounds of marijuana-filled packages. Photo: U.S. CBP

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