CBP Finds $402K in Liquid Meth Hidden in Condom-Filled Pumpkins at Texas-Mexico Border
NEEDLE PASS, TX (ValleyCentral) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 44 pounds of liquid methamphetamine that was hidden in condoms packed in pumpkins.
On Tuesday, officers from the CBP Office of Field Operations at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry encountered a 2012 Ford Escape arriving from Mexico, according to a CBP news release.
The vehicle was sent for a secondary inspection and officers found 44 kilograms of suspected liquid methamphetamine in 136 condoms packed in four gourds.
The drugs and vehicle were seized and the driver and passenger of the vehicle were turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our frontline CBP officers have seen just about everything, and this Tuesday was no exception as they encountered liquid methamphetamine hidden in pumpkins,” Acting Port Director Elizabeth Garduno, Port of Eagle Pass, said in the release. “They used their training, experience, interviewing skills and in the process uncovered a fairly new method of drug smuggling.”
The estimated street value of the methamphetamine was $402,196, the release stated.