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      Reynosa woman paid $100 to smuggle $1.6 million in cocaine

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo

      A Reynosa woman is spending Valentine's Day behind bars after she allegedly accepted $100 dollars to smuggle $1.6 million dollars worth of cocaine into the United States.

      U.S.Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 29-year-old Maria Magdalena Martinez-Tijerina on a federal drug charges on Tuesday.

      Martinez-Tijerina drove up from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a gray 2006 Honda Civic with Tamaulipas license plates.

      Court records show that customs officers had her license plates under a "lookout" list.

      Customs officers sent her car to secondary inspection where they found 10 packages with 51.28 pounds of cocaine worth $1.6 milion dollars hidden inside the rocker panels.

      Martinez-Tijerina told investigators that her friend's boyfriend "Javier" got her involved in drug smuggling and put the car in her name.

      The Reynosa woman said she had smuggled drugs at least five times before and he would pay her $100 dollars per trip.

      According to the records, Javier would ride with her in Reynosa but get out of the car before she crossed into the United States.

      Martinez-Tijerina said he would walk across the bridge on the pedestrian lanes while she drove across.

      Once she crossed in the car, they would meet up again in Hidalgo and he would take the car while she would go shopping.