Woman caught with $2.9M of suspected meth at Laredo port of entry

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019

A Houston resident landed behind bars for attempting to smuggle about $2.9 million in crystal methamphetamine through the Colombia Solidarity International Bridge, authorities said.

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A criminal complaint filed Sept. 3 charged Alondra Pliego, 21, a U.S. citizen, with import and conspire to import meth. She remained in federal custody.

At about 11:50 a.m. Aug. 29, Pliego arrived at the Colombia Bridge driving a Chrysler Pacifica. She was referred to secondary inspection due to her travel itinerary, according to court documents.

There, Pliego gave a negative oral declaration for prohibited items. But an X-ray inspection of the vehicle resulted in anomalies within the rear area of the vehicle. A K-9 inspection yielded the possible presence of a narcotic odor emanating from within the vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers then discovered a non-factory compartment within the vehicle's rear cargo floor area. CBP said they extracted 65 bundles of meth weighing 147 pounds. The contraband had an estimated street value of $2,951,960.