July 22, 2008

Drug bust at border nets nearly 200 pounds of pot

Times staff
Article Launched: 07/22/2008 08:49:28 AM MDT

A Kansas City woman was arrested Saturday when she allegedly tried to enter the United States from Mexico with nearly 200 pounds of marijuana hidden in the front bumper, dashboard and gasoline tank of a car, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
Agents arrested Catarina Flores, 18, and charged her with imporation of a controlled substance.

According to a press statement released Tuesday, Flores was driving a pearl white 1998 Continental sedan and appeared nervous as she approached the border checkpoint at the Ysleta Port of Entry at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

The vehicle, which was occuppied by other passengers, was referred to a secondary inspection lane where a CBP drug-sniffing dog named "Rio" alerted officers to the hidden drugs.

A total of 176 bundles of marijuana were pulled from the vehicle.

It was not revealed whether the other passengers were facing charges.

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