Kilos of cocaine found on women and children body carriers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo port of entry discovered 21 pounds of cocaine valued at $672,000 on four body carriers and five pounds of crystal methamphetamine valued at $75,000 on another body carrier. The five seizures resulted in five arrests during a four-day period this week.

On Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at approximately 3 a.m., CBP officers at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge referred a commercial passenger bus for secondary inspection. Elisa Lozano, a 42-year-old U.S. citizen from Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico a passenger on the bus, traveling
along with her two minor children, were referred for secondary inspection also. During the examination, CBP officers detected discrepancies with the manner of clothing that both of the minors and their mother were wearing. Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered three packages containing seven pounds of cocaine concealed around the woman, her 16-year old daughter, and her 17-year old son’s mid-sections.  The cocaine has an estimated street value of $224,000. The adult woman was arrested by CBP officers on federal drug violations and turned over to U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents to be transported to the Webb County Jail where she remained
incarcerated. The two minors were turned over to an older sibling with no further incident.

On that same bus another female passenger, Graciela Trevino-Morantes, a 48-year old Mexican citizen was also referred for secondary inspection. During that examination, CBP officers also detected discrepancies in her behavior. Upon further examination,
CBP officers discovered she had concealed two packages containing five pounds of cocaine within the bathroom of the bus. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $160,000. She was arrested by CBP officers on federal drug violations and turned over
to ICE special agents who investigated that seizure also. A third person on that same bus was also referred for secondary examination. During that examination, CBP officers detected discrepancies with the manner of clothing that Blanca Esthela

Garcia de Celaya, a 57-year-old Mexican citizen from Monterrey; Nuevo Leon, Mexico was wearing, too. Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered three packages containing seven pounds of cocaine strapped to the woman’s mid-section. The cocaine has an
estimated street value of $224,000. The woman was arrested by CBP officers on federal drug violations and turned over to ICE special agents who investigated the seizure.

Source: US Customs / Border Patrol

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