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Border Protection agents in El Paso arrest woman trying to smuggle over a pound of cocaine in her shoes

September 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Border Protection agents in El Paso arrest woman trying to smuggle over a pound of cocaine in her shoes

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A woman was caught attempting to smuggle more than a pound of cocaine over the border from Mexico concealed in her shoes by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the El Paso port of entry.

Border Protection officials said in a statement that agents made the seizure just before 7 p.m. on Monday after the Mexican national, who traveled from Mexico, entered the Ysleta International Crossing pedestrian inspection area.

According to the statement, officers had waved the woman to a secondary examination area after noticing the woman’s shoes seemed abnormally heavy and also noticed that the inner soles were thick and bulky.

Agents had the shoes examined under an x-ray machine, which detected an anomaly in the soles.

A further probe of the soles revealed a white powdery substance, weighing approximately 1.32 pounds, which later tested positive for cocaine.

CBP officers arrested the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Laura Valeria Ramirez, from the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Ramirez was subsequently handed over to special agents with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Division and she faces drug trafficking charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

“CBP officers will sometimes encounter people who try to smuggle narcotics in their shoes, our attention to detail stopped this drug smuggler in her tracks,” acting CBP El Paso Port Director Severino Solis, said in a statement.

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