Two females arrested at border for allegedly attempting to smuggle methamphetamine internally


EL PASO – Two females were arrested last week at the El Paso port of entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers after methamphetamine was allegedly being smuggled internally.

CBP reported that the two females, who are U.S. citizens, entered the Ysleta port of entry from Mexico through the pedestrian lanes at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Thursday and during an inspection of the individuals, foreign anomalies were discovered inside of the two women.

“CBP officers are working hard to stop all contraband being smuggled across the border and will encounter any and all types of concealment methods when doing so,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “The various layers of enforcement we routinely employ helps CBP officers identify and stop contraband at the border.”

Mayra Alejandra Casteneda Madrigal, 22, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents and is facing charges after a 0.7-pound package of methamphetamine was recovered from her.

CBP also arrested Laura Marie Rios, 32, when they recovered a 0.6-pound package of methamphetamine from her. Rios was also turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents and could be facing charges in connection to the smuggling attempt.

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