Woman hides $2 million worth of drugs in 'secret compartment'
Thu, 16 May 2013 18:30:46 GMT —
A woman is behind bars after attempting to smuggle over $2 million in narcotics.
Brenda Itzel Perales-Roque pulled up to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a 2001 Mazda Tribute and showed officers a U.S. visa and passport.
The Mexican citizen TMs car was inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with a non-intrusive imaging system (NII).
According to the Department of Homeland security, NII technologies are viewed as force multipliers that enable screening or examining a large portion of the stream of commercial traffic while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade, cargo, and passengers.
The NII along with canine Oslo assisted officers with their discovery of packages, which were hidden within Perales-Roque TMs Mazda.
The 19-year-old woman allegedly had a total of at least 51 pounds of cocaine and 3.97 pounds of heroin in a discovered secret compartment.
The woman allegedly admitted to officers that she met a man in Mexico who asked her if she wanted to move drugs into the U.S. for money.
She allegedly said that she had previously moved drugs into the U.S. before.
Perales-Roque appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormby on Tuesday.
She is currently being held without bond.