Border patrol busts suspects trafficking meth-filled pumpkins
Officers seized nearly 44 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine concealed within 136 condoms inside four Halloween decorations
By Ashley Silver
EAGLE PASS, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers made a bizarre discovery in Texas recently – Halloween decorations filled with pounds of liquid methamphetamine.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency released a statement detailing the discovery of several pumpkin decorations filled with $402,196 in liquid methamphetamine at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in Texas.
“Our frontline CBP officers have seen just about everything and this Tuesday was no exception as they encountered liquid methamphetamine hidden within pumpkins,” said (Acting) Port Director Elizabeth Garduno, Eagle Pass Port of Entry in the press release. “They utilized their training, experience, interviewing skills and uncovered a rather novel narcotics smuggling method in the process.”
According to the press release, the incident began when CBP officers encountered a Ford Escape traveling from Mexico. Upon inspection of the vehicle, agents uncovered and seized nearly 44 pounds of alleged liquid methamphetamine concealed within 136 condoms inside four pumpkins in the vehicle.
The driver and passenger were both arrested and turned over to Maverick County Sheriff’s Office authorities for further investigation.