Houston woman caught with $197,000 of meth in Brownsville

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Photo

A Houston woman is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after she allegedly tried to smuggle $197,000 dollars worth of meth into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 42-year-old Marta Martinez-Castaneda on federal drug charges later Thursday.

The Houston woman drove up from Matamoros at Brownsville TMs Veterans International Bridge in a Nissan Maxima.

Customs officers sent the car to secondary inspection where authorities allegedly found 44 packages with 13.18 pounds of meth inside the body of the car.

Authorities estimate that the drugs are worth $197,700 dollars on the streets.

Martinez-Castaeda appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio in Brownsville on Friday morning.

Investigators said Martinez-Castaeda is an American citizen who lives in Houston.

Judge Recio denied bond for her until a Wednesday morning hearing.