Friday, September 20, 2013
A Wichita man was arrested on smuggling charges Thursday evening after customs and border patrol agents in El Paso, Texas seized just under two pounds of meth from his vehicle.
It happened just after 7 p.m. Thursday while officers were performing an enforcement sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the Bridge of the Americas.
A drug-sniffing dog alerted authorities to a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe that was entering the U.S. from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a news release.
Officers scanned the vehicle and “spotted anomalies” in the rocker panel area of the SUV, where they found five methamphetamine-filled bundles with a total weight of 1.9 pounds.
Burt Allen Smith, 27, of Wichita was arrested on federal smuggling charges and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
“The important work that CBP performs at the port of entry helps keep this nation safe and secure,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “CBP officers remain vigilant to all threats.”
Further information about the case was not released.
Kansas Department of Corrections records show Smith was incarcerated from November of 2006 until July of 2011 for drug and forgery convictions.