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      Trip to Outlet Mall used as cover to smuggle $4.7 million of drugs

      Seized drugs // U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Photo

      A Monterrey man is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after he allegedly tried to smuggle $4.7 million dollars worth of cocaine and heroin into the United States.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 26-year-old Jose Pablo Arambula-Cruz on Saturday.

      The Monterrey man drove up from Mexico at the Anzalduas International Bridge in a 2013 Volkswagon Golf.

      Accordring to court records, Arambula-Cruz told customs officers he was headed to the outlet mall in Mercedes but he was sent to secondary inspection.

      CBP officers allegedly found 29 packages with 42.6 pounds of heroin and six packages with 15.25 pounds of cocaine hidden inside his car.

      Authorities believe that ther heroin was worth $4.2 million dollars and the cocaine was worth close to $500,000 on the streets.

      Arambula-Cruz allegedly told CBP officers that he was supposed to get paid $15,000 to deliver the drugs.

      The Monterrey man allegedly told CBP officers that he got paid $5,000 to take drugs to Austin back in May.

      Arambula-Cruz appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby on Monday morning where he was denied bond until a Thursday morning hearing.