Report: El Paso DEA seized 3,000 lbs of drugs at southern border in 2021
UPDATED 8:10 PM PT – Friday, March 19, 2021
The DEA office in El Paso, Texas has been busy seizing the uptick of drugs coming across the southern border. According to a report on Friday, DEA agents were already on track to exceed drug seizures from both 2020 and 2019.
?#USBP agents #busted more methamphetamine. Our #brave agents work tirelessly to keep this deadly☠️poison away from our loved ones. Just another day at the office. El Centro Sector always vigilant. Great work! ?#BorderSecurity #Arrested #Vigilance
— USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino (@USBPChiefELC) March 11, 2021
The agency said during the first five months of the fiscal year 2021, agents have seized more than 3,100 pounds of meth, heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.
On Saturday night, @CBPElCentro Border Patrol agents arrested 2 individuals attempting to smuggle 7.73lbs of methamphetamine through the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint.
— CBP (@CBP) March 17, 2021
Officials said this came amid an influx of migrants and drugs entering the country.
Last Friday, CBP officers at Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man after discovering $1.5M worth of meth concealed inside the gas tank of the vehicle he was driving.
— CBP (@CBP) March 18, 2021
In the meantime, the Biden administration has weighed the option of sending illegal immigrants to the U.S.-Canadian border for processing. According to a new report by the Washington Post on Friday, CBP will request planes to transport the migrants to northern states.
#DANGER ⛑Canals pose a serious risk to border crossers & agents alike! #USBP agents rescued an illegal alien from a canal early yesterday morning after she became trapped in dangerous water & vegetation, becoming weak & hypothermic. #rescue #SAR
— USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino (@USBPChiefELC) February 12, 2021
The move came in response to the influx of migrant apprehensions at the southern border, which has overwhelmed holding facilities in Texas. As of Friday, 1,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the Rio Grande with another thousand awaiting processing at the border.
Meanwhile, the White House has yet to comment on the matter.