U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported an active weekend along the southern U.S. border that resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars worth of marijuana and methamphetamine that both Mexican and U.S. citizens were trying to smuggle across the border.
On Saturday, CBP officers at the Anzalduas International Bridge found $1.5 million worth of methamphetamine — about 50 pounds — in a Ford SUV. The driver of the SUV was a Mexican national with a passport and U.S. visa.
A U.S. Border Patrol escorts an undocumented immigrant, her arm handcuffed behind her back, after detaining her in the brush on near Falfurrias, Texas. Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection patrol the area day and night in search of smugglers bringing both illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S. John Moore/Getty Images
"This was a great interception of hard narcotics that was kept from entering into our communities," said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. The Anzalduas bridge connects Mexico with McAllen, Texas.
Also Saturday, the El Centro sector of the border in California stopped two female drug smugglers with a total of 12 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $66,000 in total.
On Sunday, border agents in the Tucson, Arizona sector of the border made three seizures of marijuana totaling more than 2,000 pounds, valued at more than $1.1 million.
Agents found an abandoned truck loaded with 1,700 pounds of pot, and captured the rest after detaining two separate groups of illegal immigrants.
Over the entire weekend, border agents near Calexico, California seized $1.1 million worth of cocaine and meth in four separate incidents. The biggest haul came from stopping a 42-year-old U.S. male who hid 50 pounds of cocaine in trash bag boxes — the drugs are worth about $650,000.
Officers stopped three other shipments of methamphetamine totaling 78 pounds, and worth about $500,000.
They also stopped a Cadillac that was filled with $189,300 in cash that a 48-year-old Mexican man was trying to smuggle into Mexico without reporting it.
CBP announced Monday that it's looking to hire people for CBP officer positions at air, land and sea ports of entry on the southwest border.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a current driver's license. CBP sys almost 30 percent of its employees are veterans.