Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than $400,000 of liquid methamphetamine at the Eagle Pass, Texas Port of Entry on Tuesday. The deadly drugs were hidden inside pumpkins and were contained in more than 100 condoms.
CBP officers reported the pumpkins were hidden among Halloween decorations being transported into the U.S. from Mexico.
The liquid methamphetamine was found inside dozens of condoms hidden in four pumpkins at a Texas border checkpoint, authorities said. https://t.co/zKdJqLpjdR
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Eagle Pass Port Director Elizabeth Garduna said that the frontline officers of the CBP “have seen just about everything.” She said this week was no exception in her description of the attempt to smuggle meth inside of produce.
Garduna praised CBP officers who “utilized their training, experience, interviewing skills and uncovered a rather novel narcotics smuggling method in the process.”
The stop began when CBP officers encountered a 2012 Ford Escape coming through checkpoints at the Camino Real International Bridge. The driver and passenger were directed to pull over for a secondary inspection of the vehicle’s cargo.
During that inspection, officers detected almost 44 pounds of liquid meth that had been put inside of 136 condoms and then stuffed into four pumpkins disguised as Halloween decorations.
CBP seized the illegal drugs and then turned the driver and passenger over to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation and to be held in custody.
A day later, CBP agents at the Nogales, Arizona Port of Entry seized 2,100 pills of deadly fentanyl stuffed inside tamales being transported in an ice chest. Nogales Port Director Michael W. Humphries said each tamale in the chest had a baggie filled with blue pills hidden inside.
CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing near El Paso on October 1 seized nearly 14 pounds of meth and 17 pounds of fentanyl when they intercepted a 21-year-old female Mexican citizen entering the U.S. through vehicle lanes. Officers working with a CBP canine discovered multiple bundles of drugs in the vehicle after a preliminary inspection.
The same day, CBP officers at the Ysleta border crossing seized 0.24 pounds of fentanyl pills. The seizure occurred when a CBP canine alerted officers to a 41-year-old female U.S. citizen crossing from Mexico in a pedestrian lane. After a pat-down search, the woman voluntarily removed a condom containing the deadly pills from her vaginal cavity.
In the last fiscal year that ended last month, CBP officials seized more than 161,000 pounds of methamphetamine.