An Alton woman accused of attempting to smuggle drugs across the Hidalgo Port of Entry earlier this week has been charged with possession of marijuana.
Mission police say they were dispatched to the port on Monday regarding a vehicle “loaded with marijuana,” according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by CBS 4 News.
Police met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who said they referred Virginia Macias, 36, of Alton, to secondary inspection after they noticed “that she was acting nervous by avoiding eye contact and had shaky hands while handing over her documents.”
Upon a search of the vehicle, officers found 18 packages of marijuana in the gas tank and nine packages of marijuana in the spare tire.
Later, during an interview at the Mission Police Department, Macias stated she knew about the packages.
According to the affidavit:
“She stated that she was aware that the vehicle was loaded with contraband and that she was told that once she crossed into the US, she would receive a phone call so that they could tell her where to go.”
Macias added that on May 19, she drove a vehicle “loaded with contraband” to Dallas and “was paid $2,000 for that trip,” according to the affidavit.
Macias has been charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.
Bond was set at $100,000.
Macias remained at the Hidalgo County jail on Thursday, according to jail records.