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Border Patrol agents arrest woman using infant child to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

August 13, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents arrest woman using infant child to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

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Border Patrol officers busted a woman trying to smuggle meth from Mexico into Texas by hiding the drugs under her clothes and the clothes of her infant child.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said agents working at the Brownsville Port of Entry from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico made the discovery.

In a separate incident, that also occurred on the southern border of Texas, an estimated $500,000 worth of cocaine and meth were intercepted in a smuggling effort.

In a written statement, Petra Horne, the director for the Brownville Port of Entry stated: “It is unfortunate that someone would allegedly use their child to attempt to smuggle dangerous narcotics into the country… This important seizure was due to the keen observation of our officers.”

The suspect is a U.S. citizen who was attempting to gain entry back into the States from Matamoros. On Wednesday, she applied for entry with her infant child. She was trying to gain entrance into Texas using the pedestrian passage but was pulled aside for a secondary inspection.

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Border agents arrest a Texas woman using infant to smuggle meth across Mexican border

Border Patrol agents with located four bags of drugs concealed under her clothing. The officers then searched the infant and discovered two extra packages of drugs hidden under the child’s clothes.

According to Breitbart Texas, the suspect was from Brownsville, Texas and was traveling with a male who is also a U.S. citizen. CBP officers took the man into custody for further investigation.

The packages of drugs weighed 7.1 pounds, which had an estimated street value of $141,976.

Both individuals were arrested by Border Patrol officers and were subsequently turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation which can ultimately lead to prosecution. The status of the child has not been revealed.

Alternatively, officials patrolling the Laredo Columbia-Solidarity Bridge pulled over a driver, who was a 40-year-old Mexican native, for secondary inspection.

Law enforcement officials apprehended eighteen packages of what they would later discover was methamphetamine. Police also identified two additional packages of cocaine. The meth weighed in at 32.76 pounds, and the cocaine 4.76 pounds, with a combined estimated street value of $494,914.

Both the narcotics and the vehicle were seized by officials, and the driver was arrested and turned over to ICE-HSI agents.

“Our officers utilized their experience-honed inspection skills and seized a combination drug load at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge… The significant summer heat does not deter our officers from doing their job to keep our border safe,” Laredo Port of Entry Port Director Gregory Alvarez said in the written statement.

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