A 23-year-old female Mexican citizen was arrested Monday after she tried to cross the El Paso border at Ysleta with 1.32 lbs. of cocaine hidden in the soles of her sneakers.
A release from the agency said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized the drugs from the border crosser just before 7 p.m. Monday.
“CBP officers will sometimes encounter people who try to smuggle drugs in their shoes,” said Severiano Solis, acting CBP El Paso Port Director. “Our attention to detail stopped this drug smuggler in her tracks.”
The woman, identified as Laura Valeria Ramirez of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, tried to go through the Ysleta international crossing pedestrian inspection area from Mexico. CBP officers initiated a secondary exam on Ramirez where they noticed that her shoes seemed unusually heavy.
Additionally, officers noticed that the inner soles were thick and bulky. CBP officers x-rayed the shoes and noticed an anomaly in their appearance. The soles were probed, revealing a white powder, which tested positive for cocaine.
CBP officers took custody of Ramirez and turned her over to HSI special agents to faces charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.