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Meth, marijuana found in 3 bridge busts in day

November 24th 2012   ·   0 Comments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized a large amount of methamphetamine and marijuana in three cases in one day at border crossings in the El Paso area, officials said.

Three residents of Mexico were arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling in connection with the busts on Tuesday.

CBP officials said a drug-sniffing dog helped officers find a compartment containing nearly 79 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in the radiator of a Ford Expedition at the Santa Teresa border crossing. Lirice Vargas Mendoza, 21, of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, was arrested.

In another case at Santa Teresa, agents using an X-ray scan found nearly 419 pounds of marijuana packed inside the bed floor and cab floor of a pickup, officials said. Manuel Paulino Alvarez Valdez, 36, of Juárez, was arrested.

At the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, CBP agents with the help of a drug-sniffing dog found 465 pounds of marijuana hidden in the gasoline tank and a wall of a pickup, officials said. Bryant Orlando Padilla Garcia, 21, of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, was arrested.


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