Byhalia woman arrested with meth at border

A Byhalia woman has been charged with possessing nearly 15 pounds of meth. (Courtesy photo)

A Byhalia woman has been charged with possessing nearly 15 pounds of meth. (Courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Rebman

Daily Journal

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Eagle Pass, Texas, arrested a 37-year-old Byhalia woman Thursday after allegedly finding her in possession of more than $200,000 worth of illicit drugs.

“Our CBP officers’ training and experience are invaluable in detecting contraband in any form,” said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. “They are our first line of defense against illicit narcotics entering the country.”

Border officers, working the pedestrian lane at the Camino Real International Bridge, encountered the Byhalia woman as she arrived from Mexico, early Thursday morning. During inspection, officers reportedly discovered packages inside the linings of two coolers she was carrying. CBP officers recovered a total of 14.65 pounds of a methamphetamine, worth an estimated $219,780, from the packages.

The woman was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.