Georgia woman busted with $1.3 million of meth in Brownsville

Corrine Gillis // Cameron County Jail

A Georgia woman is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after being arrested for trying to smuggle $1.3 million dollars worth of meth into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested 50-year-old Corrine Downing Gillis on federal drug charges on Friday.

Court records show that Gillis drove up from Mexico at the Gateway International Bridge in a Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Customs officer sent her to a secondary inspection where they allegedly found four statues and tires in the camper of her truck.

Authorities allegedly found 24 packages with 42.5 pounds of meth worth $1.3 million dollars inside the statues and tires.

Gillis appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Monday morning.

Investigators reported that Gillis is an American citizen from Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Judge Recio denied bond for Gillis until a Thursday afternoon hearing.

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