EL PASO, Texas – Federal officers seized 7.5 pounds of cocaine that were strapped to a woman’s legs as she attempted to cross into the U.S. on Sunday.
Officials said the seizure was made around 1 p.m. at the Paso Del Norte border crossing in the pedestrian inspection area.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer noticed that the woman appeared nervous and that one of her legs was larger than the other, officials said.
The woman was given a secondary exam, and officers found three cocaine-filled bricks strapped to her thighs, officials said. The cocaine had an estimated street value of $240,000.
“This is a significant drug load that did not make it to its intended destination,” said Francis Brown, acting port director at the El Paso port of entry. “CBP officers remain focused on their mission and stop criminal activity on a daily basis.”
The woman was identified as Flor Elizabeth Carrillo Rojas, 30, of Chihuahua, Mexico. She was turned over to federal agents and faces charges in connection to the smuggling attempt, officials said.Story by Jesse Martinez via WTVC sister station KFOX.