June 20, 2008, 2:38PM
Mother and three daughters arrested for smuggling cocaine
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A woman and her three daughters have been arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States in what the port director called a "first."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday that the four Brownsville women were detained late Wednesday night at an international bridge after a dog smelled narcotics on their 2006 Mercedes.
The women tried to flee back to Mexico, but were caught. Customs officials noticed "unusual bulges" on the bodies of mother Maria Venegas Viuda de Trevino, 59, Adriana Trevino, 23, and Evelia Trevino, 27.
Also arrested was Laura Trevino, 31, who was driving. The daughters are all U.S. citizens. Their mother is a Mexican citizen living in the U.S.
In total authorities seized nearly 37 pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than $1.1 million. The four women are being held pending a hearing.