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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:16am
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — A 19-year-old woman from Juarez was taken into custody after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found 8.7 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.45 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $356,800 inside of her 1999 Ford Contour as she was making her way across the U.S. Border from Mexico.
CBP alleges that Geraldine Hernandez Velasquez began acting unusual as she made her way through the Ysleta International Crossing just before 6:00 p.m. Friday evening. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noticed that Velasquez was nervous and selected the car for secondary examination.
“CBP officer noted the unusual behavior of the driver and took action,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “The end result is that a sizeable load of cocaine and methamphetamine was stopped at the border.”
The Contour was then scanned with the Z-Portal x-way machine which showed an anomaly in the car's rocker panels. CBP officers were able to remove a total of 12 drug-filled bundles from the hidden compartment. Two bundles contained cocaine and the other ten contained methamphetamine.
Velasquez was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.