CBP officers arrest Brownsville woman, 21, accused of smuggling marijuana across border
Editor's note: This story has been updated.
Officers say a 21-year-old Brownsville woman attempted to smuggle more than 138 pounds of marijuana across the Gateway International Bridge on Tuesday, according to a a federal criminal complaint and a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Samarrah Sanchez, 21, of Brownsville was charged with intentionally distributing a schedule I controlled substance.
The 138.85-pound marijuana seizure occurred after CBP officers referred a black 2011 Nissan Sentra to secondary inspection. Officers discovered 88 packages of marijuana hidden within "the vehicle's spare tire, rear bumper, floor board panels and gas tank," according to the criminal complaint.
According to the criminal complaint:
Sanchez admitted she was going to get paid $500.00 US dollars for delivering her vehicle that she had taken to a known drug smuggler, who put a 'clavo' or secret compartment in it; she was going to deliver this vehicle to an unknown individual at a Stripes gas station parking lot in Brownsville, TX.
Officers seized the Nissan Sentra and arrested Sanchez, who remains in federal custody, according to the news release.
Court records don't list an attorney for Sanchez.