El Paso Customs and Border Protection officers seize 120 water bottles filled with liquid meth

An 18-year-old faces charges related to a failed drug-smuggling attempt

Water bottles filled with methamphetamine, image courtesy of CBP.
Water bottles filled with methamphetamine, image courtesy of CBP. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Tuesday that officers working at the Ysleta port of entry in El Paso seized approximately 158 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Friday evening disguised as bottled water.

According to a press release by the agency, the seizure was made just after 7:00 p.m. when an 18-year-old U.S. male arrived as a pedestrian from Mexico.

“The teenager declared three cases of bottled water,” the agency’s press release stated. “CBP officers selected the man for a secondary exam.”

The agency reported that a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the presence of narcotics. CBP officials said an X-ray scan of the bottled water, conducted by a CBP agriculture specialist, revealed dense liquid in the water bottles.

“The liquid tested positive for methamphetamine,” CBP said in a press release.

The 18-year-old was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and faces charges related to the failed smuggling attempt.

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Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.