Border arrest gives new meaning to “drug bust”
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Federal agents staffing San Ysidro Port of Entry over the weekend caught a woman trying to sneak nearly a pound and a half of methamphetamine into the United States inside her bra, authorities reported.
The would-be smuggler, a 22-year-old Mexican citizen, entered the inspection station on foot about 5 p.m., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection public affairs.
Noticing “discrepancies under the woman's clothing near her chest,” officers referred her for a secondary inspection, according to a CBP statement. They then found six plastic packages hidden in the woman's brassiere, containing a combined quantity of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of about $29,000.
In an unrelated case earlier in the day, agents at Otay Mesa Port of Entry arrested a man for allegedly trying to bring about 4 1/2 pounds of the same type of narcotic into the United States by hiding it in the lining of a motorcycle helmet.
The head protector being used by the 23-year-old U.S. citizen, who rode into the customs facility on a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle about 9:15 a.m., seemed unusually heavy, prompting agents to inspect it with an X-ray, officials said.
CBP personnel seized the drug from both arrestees and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who brought them to Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego for booking on smuggling charges.
The suspects' names were not released.