EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 7.5 pounds of cocaine Sunday. The drugs were strapped to the legs of a female border crosser. The estimated street value of the seized cocaine is $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 7.5 pound cocaine seizure was made just after 1 p.m. Sunday at the Paso Del Norte international crossing pedestrian inspection area. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noted that a female border crosser was nervous during their conversation. The CBP officer also observed that one of her legs appeared larger than the other.
CBP officers escorted the border crosser to the secondary exam area at which point the traveler advised CBP that she had packages strapped to her legs. CBP officers located a total of three cocaine-filled bricks attached to her thighs.
CBP officers arrested the pedestrian crosser, 30-year-old Flor Elizabeth Carrillo Rojas of Hidalgo Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt and booked into the El Paso County jail.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.