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Border patrol detains man after finding crystal meth in beer bottles

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Posted at 5:18 AM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 06:18:18-04

LAREDO, TX — Border patrol stopped a man attempting to smuggle crystal meth inside multiple bottles of 40-ounce beer. The incident happened on March 17.

An officer was working at the Laredo Port of Entry station when he saw a traveler attempting to bring in several bottles of beer. The officer thought the beer looked suspicious.

“The liquid appeared to contain several crystals,” TABC Ports of Entry Director John Reney said. “When our inspector noticed this, they immediately notified an officer from Customs and Border Patrol who detained the traveler.”

The meth was valued at $250,000. There was more than 11 kilograms of meth found.

The man was turned over to federal authorities for further investigation.

“This incident goes to show the importance of TABC’s mission at Texas’ ports of entry,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “If it weren’t for the astute observations of the RCO, it’s very likely that these dangerous drugs would have found their way into the United States, placing the safety of Texas citizens at risk.”