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Woman held in US with heroin valued at 1.5M dollars

Packets containing 55 pounds of heroin seized by Customs and Border Protection officers at Pharr International Bridge in the US. Photo: US CBP

Pharr (Texas), May 20 (MNN)  A US citizen woman has been arrested from Edinburg in Texas after seizure of suspected heroin valued at 1.5 million dollars hidden in a car she was driving, the US Customs and Border Protection said on Thursday.

The operation was conducted by CBP and Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge.

“Our officers’ relentless dedication to CBP’s border security mission and robust enforcement posture contributed to the detection of these hard narcotics that will now be prevented from possibly inflicting harm within our communities,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

He said that CBP officers accosted the woman, aged 28, who had arrived from Mexico on May 17 and conducted a thorough examination of her car.

A canine team assisted in the inspection, which resulted in the seizure of 24 packages of alleged heroin weighing 55 pounds or 24.94 kg from the car tyres.

The woman was finally handed over to the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for investigation.

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