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With the Mexican-U.S. border shut down to almost all but commercial vehicles, Mexican drug traffickers are managing to deliver illegal narcotics to the doorsteps and other drop points of people who run their distribution networks in the U.S.
Last month, agents from Homeland Security Investigations tracked a Federal Express package of methamphetamine that originated in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, west of Mexico City to an address in the South Valley where agents arrested Jose Israel Villalba on charges of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Prior to the border closure, most methamphetamine seized in El Paso and New Mexico border crossings was hidden in personal vehicles, according to Homeland Security Department officials. The drugs were often found hidden in tires, secret compartments in dashboards, under car seats and in the car frames.