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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 4:08pm
Santa Teresa, NM (KDBC) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 14 pounds of liquid methamphetamine at the Santa Teresa port of entry Tuesday morning. The drugs were discovered concealed in bottles of hand lotion.
A 2003 Jeep Liberty tried to enter the United States from Mexico, when the CBP officer at the primary inspection booth sent the SUV for a secondary inspection.
Drug sniffing dog "Bingo" alerted to the back seat of the vehicle where boxes containing numerous bottles of hand lotions were located.
The driver of the vehicle, 51-year-old Diega Holguin of Strasburg, Colorado was taken to the Dona Ana County Detention Facility, pending possible federal prosecution in connection with the case.
"This is an example of the important work our officers perform on a daily basis. This interception by our officers kept a significant amount of dangerous drugs from getting on the streets," said Ray Provencio, acting Santa Teresa Port Director. "I commend our officers for their great enforcement action on the frontline."