CBP Offers Daily Tally of Drug Seizures: 14-Year-old Meth Smuggler; Heroin, Cocaine, Pot Pouring In

By Susan Jones | January 10, 2018 | 6:08am EST
Bales of marijuana seized by Customs and Border Protection agents. (Photo from CBP website)

(CNSNews.com) - "Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace," President Donald Trump told a bipartisan, open-to-the-public meeting at the White House on Tuesday. "A lot of people are coming in that we can't have," he added.

On Tuesday, the same day Trump made those statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued press release after press release documenting various drug seizures and arrests at the southern border.

Here's a sample of those CBP news releases -- just for this past Monday and Tuesday -- documenting recent drug seizures and arrests:


-- San Luis CBP Officers Arrest Meth Smuggler: Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 38-year-old Mexican man last Friday morning after finding more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle during a secondary inspection at Arizona’s Port of San Luis. Officers located a single brick of meth, worth nearly $16,000, when a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the battery chamber of the man’s Jeep Cherokee.

-- Smuggler Caught With More Than $64K in Marijuana: Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 35-year-old Phoenix man Sunday afternoon after finding almost 129 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $64,000, in his Chevy truck. Officers discovered packages of marijuana when they peeled back the bedliner of a smuggling vehicle.

-- CBP Officers Seize More Than $862K Worth of Cocaine at World Trade Bridge: On Friday, Jan. 5, a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of household goods for a secondary inspection. A non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection resulted in the discovery of 45 packages containing 112 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $862,240.

-- Two Body Carriers Arrested for Smuggling Fentanyl: Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station arrested two Phoenix women Monday afternoon at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado for smuggling more than 4 pounds of fentanyl and oxycodone. Multiple packages of pills were hidden in their clothing.

-- Nogales CBP Officers Seize Almost $332K in Drugs: CBP officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended four Mexican nationals in separate incidents involving attempts to smuggle approximately 180 pounds of marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine (combined).


-- CBP officers at Laredo Field Office Ports of Entry Seize $12.1 Million in Narcotics, Arrest 80+ fugitives over Christmas-New Year holiday: Over a 23-day period from Dec. 15, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018, CBP officers at eight ports of entry extending from Brownsville to Del Rio seized narcotics totaling $12.1 million in street value, uncovered violations of immigration law resulting in a total of more than 3,500 inadmissibles, arrested over 80 wanted fugitives, including three wanted on outstanding warrants of sexual assault of a child, statutory rape of a disabled minor and indecency with a child-sexual contact, respectively.

-- Border Patrol Canine Finds Heroin at Immigration Checkpoint: Border Patrol agents working with a canine at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma, Arizona arrested a Mexican woman Saturday after a drug sniffing dog detected more than five pounds of heroin, worth almost $90,000, strapped around her waist.

-- Border Agents Arrest Previously Deported MS-13 Member: Agents patrolling near Sasabe, Arizona encountered and arrested three previously deported Honduran nationals shortly after they entered the U.S. illegally. During processing, agents identified one of the individuals as Eldin Zuniga-Zuniga, 29, an MS-13 gang member with an extensive criminal history in Utah, including a February 2017 conviction for possession with intent to distribute a dangerous drug.

-- Agents Arrest Illegal Alien with Heinous Criminal History: Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station arrested a previously-deported Mexican man Saturday evening and later discovered he was convicted and incarcerated for raping a child in Washington state in 2016.

-- Border Patrol Discovers Meth Strapped to Girl’s Torso: El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 111 checkpoint arrested a 14-year-old girl suspected of smuggling methamphetamine Saturday afternoon. She was a passenger in a vehicle that also was carrying three male occupants. The narcotics had a combined weight of 6.44 pounds with an estimated street value of $22,540. In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector has seized more than 239.34 pounds of methamphetamine.

-- Philadelphia CBP Bags Largest Cocaine Load in 10 Years: CBP officers from the Area Port of Philadelphia recently seized the largest local cocaine load in 10 years when they discovered 709 pounds concealed inside cabinets that were shipped from Puerto Rico. The drugs had a street value of about $22 million.

CBP notes that on a typical day, it seizes 7,910 pounds of illicit drugs along our nation’s borders. 

At Tuesday's meeting, President Trump insisted that a physical border wall must be part of any immigration bill he signs, including one that may give legal status to hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients.

"As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval," Trump tweeted after the meeting.

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