U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in what is frequently reported as the “safe border city” of El Paso, Texas, busted a woman attempting to enter the United States from Mexico with about $1.6 million worth of methamphetamine.
“Smugglers spared no expense in their efforts to cross this sizeable drug load,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director, in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “CBP’s layered enforcement was instrumental in keeping this shipment from making it to its intended destination.”
The woman, a U.S. citizen from Dallas, was crossing into the U.S. from Mexico at the Paso Del Norte international crossing when her 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was selected for secondary inspection.
At the secondary checkpoint, “Tiran,” a CBP trained drug sniffing K9 alerted to narcotic in the rear area of the vehicle. Officers then scanned the Trailblazer with their Z-Portal x-ray system and found anomalies in the rear tires.
Officer cut into the tires and discovered metal collars bolted to the rims of the wheels. After cutting open the collars, officers discovered a dozen bundles of meth. The estimated street value of the load is reported to be $1,625,600.
The CBP officers arrested Matilda Perez of Dallas, Texas. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HIS special agents and is expected to face charges of drug smuggling.
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