Texas Border Officers Uncover $1.1M Meth Haul Hidden in Vehicle Quarter Panels

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers (CBP), on Monday, took a closer look at a vehicle entering the U.S. through a port in Eagle Pass in Texas. They discovered methamphetamine worth nearly $1.1m hidden in the quarter panels.

CBP stated in a release that in one single arrest, officers at Eagle Pass Port of Entry had seized 120 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $1,104,419 in total.

Pete Beattie, Port Director said that CBP officers had done an outstanding job of interdicting the illicit narcotics. These seizures will keep dangerous drugs from entering our communities and deny criminal organizations revenue generated by their sale.

On March 25, the drugs were confiscated at the Camino Real International Bridge, after a CBP agent directed a Mexican driver driving through the port to undergo a secondary examination.

Officers allegedly conducted a non-intrusive canine inspection of the car and found 120.11 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the quarter panels.

Homeland Security Investigations was notified of the incident and handed it over to them for further investigation. Narcotics were reportedly seized. A passenger had been arrested.

This drug seizure came more than a month after officers in Southern California discovered nearly 3,000 pounds worth of methamphetamine hidden in a shipment containing carrots.

The Otay Commercial Facility, near San Diego in California, was the site of this bust.

Since fiscal 2024 began in October, CBP has seized more than 49,000 pounds of methamphetamine. In all of fiscal 2023, border officers confiscated about 140,000 pounds of meth.