UPDATED: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 5:53pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A 33-year-old woman from Wichita, Kansas is facing charges in connection with a failed meth smuggling attempt late on New Year's Day at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing in El Paso.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry found 1.15 pounds of methamphetamine strapped to the back of 33-year-old Melissa Kay Villar of Wichita as she attempted to cross the pedestrian bridge at the Bridge of the Americas shortly after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.
The alert CBP officers noticed an unusual bulge in the Villar's lower back, and subsequently located the two bundles of meth, totaling 1.15 pounds.
“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.”
Villar was turned over the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special agents to face charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.