Women carrying nearly $200,000 of cocaine arrested at the Mexico border


    With the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered five packages packages of cocaine concealed on both of the women’s bodies. (Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

    PHARR, Texas – The Border Patrol intercepted $180,500 of cocaine at the Pharr International Bridge and arrested two Mexican residents in the process.

    A grey 2010 Ford Flex arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Thursday afternoon and the two women inside the vehicle presented their border-crossing cards. That’s when a border patrol officer ordered a full inspection. With the assistance of a canine team, officers discovered five packages of cocaine concealed on both of the women’s bodies.

    The Ford Flex was then seized and both women turned over to Homeland Security for further investigation. The women, age 58 and 37, are residents of Reynosa, Tamaulipas in Mexico.

    “I commend our officers for their diligence and excellent work ethic in detecting narcotics at all our border crossings,” said Port Director David Gonzalez. “Attempting to smuggle drugs in small quantities illustrates the efforts by drug smuggling organizations to introduce these illicit drugs and further demonstrates our frontline officers’ ability to stay on top of these smuggling trends.”

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