CBP: Woman takes 10-year-old along while smuggling cocaine

United States Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize Large Load

A woman is accused of attempting to transport cocaine to Houston, while she had her daughter in the cocaine-laden vehicle.

Bertha Elena Perez-Cazares was arrested for transporting the $1,398,000 worth of cocaine with the intent to distribute the controlled substance.

The incident happened on Friday, July 11th at the Gateway International bridge in Brownsville.

The 18 bundles were found in a compartment of the 2004 Chevy after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers inspected the vehicle Perez-Cazares driving.

The 32-year-old U.S. citizen had her 10-year-old daughter with when they discovered the 43.7 pounds of cocaine.

The 10-year-old was placed in the care of family members after the arrest.

She appeared before Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya II for an initial hearing on Monday, July 14th.

Perez-Cazares is currently being held without bond, and is in custody of U.S. Marshals.

A detention hearing on the case will take place on Thursday, July17th before judge Torteya.