Heroin-filled Cylinders Found by Border Patrol

On Friday, June 13, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Border Patrol agents, performed a sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the Paso Del Norte international crossing in El Paso, Texas.

When a canine alerted to the presence of narcotics along the undercarriage of a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, agents performed an examination of the vehicle and observed abnormalities in its appearance. The Chevrolet was then scanned through the Z-Portal x-ray system, which showed concerns around the drive shaft.

A subsequent search yielded 11 heroin-filled cylinders concealed within the drive shaft. This find weighed in at 25.4 pounds, with an estimated street value of $812,800.

The Chevrolet driver, a 32-year-old female U.S. citizen, was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. She now faces charges associated with the smuggling attempt.

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