January 2 2014
EL PASO, Texas — A woman carrying about 1 pound of meth was arrested in the first drug seizure made at an El Paso Port of Entry in 2014, officials said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said that around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a 33-year-old woman was trying to cross into El Paso at the Bridge of the Americas as a pedestrian.
Officials said that an officer noticed an unusual bulge in her lower back, and the officer found two bundles of methamphetamine strapped to her back. The drugs weighed about 1.15 pounds, officials said.
“History has shown that smugglers don’t take holidays off, and neither do we,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “CBP officers remain vigilant 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to stop all forms of illegal activity at border ports.”
Melissa Kay Villar, of Wichita, Kan., was turned over to federal agents in connection with the failed drug smuggling attempt, CBP officials said.