Caught by text: Teen smuggles cocaine because of boyfriend
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:47:01 GMT —
A teen is currently in custody after she was caught smuggling cocaine hidden in the dashboard of a vehicle after her boyfriend sends her a text while authorities were searching her vehicle.
The smuggling attempt happened Thursday at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge as Cynthia Rangel Montiel drove a silver 2009 Ford Focus to the U.S. "Mexican border.
The 18-year-old was sent to secondary inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers as they noticed there were no personal belongings in the vehicle with Montiel.
Montiel reportedly told CBP officers she did not have anything in the vehicle that exceeded $10,000 in the Ford Focus.
During the secondary inspection, CBP officers noticed tampering with the dashboard and ventilation area of the vehicle.
The Ford Focus was then sent to the Vehicle and Cargo Imaging System (VACIS) for further inspection.
At this time, a K-9 alerted officers there were narcotics hidden inside the Mexican resident vehicle.
Authorities found two packages of cocaine hidden inside the dashboard.
During questioning, the 18-year-old told Homeland Security Investigations Agents she had been in a relationship with Jorge for the past three months.
Jorge, who lives in Mexico, reportedly gave Montiel the Ford Focus with the five pounds of cocaine and $4,000 to drive to a nearby K-Mart after she crossed the border.
The teen also told agents this wasn TMt the first time she had done something like this.
Montiel told authorities during the inspection, Jorge had texted her asking where she was.
She replied saying the vehicle was being inspected, and that is when Jorge told her to delete the text messages.
The teen is currently in custody of the Homeland Security Investigations.