Border Patrol finds nearly 100 pounds of cocaine in Reynosa resident’s vehicle

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Border Patrol arrested a woman from Reynosa on Saturday, June 10, 2023, after finding nearly 100 pounds of cocaine in her vehicle at the Falfurrias checkpoint. (Courtesy: Border Patrol)

Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint on Saturday arrested a woman from Reynosa after finding nearly 100 pounds of cocaine in her vehicle.

A criminal complaint says agents arrested Denisse Ahumada-Martinez, who was born in 1989, after finding a little more than 92 pounds of cocaine hidden inside the white Mazda SUV she drove to the checkpoint.

The drugs were discovered after an x-ray of the vehicle revealed anomalies inside the seats of the vehicle.

“A physical search revealed bundles wrapped with duct tape and foil, consistent with the packaging of narcotics,” the complaint stated.

Authorities also found cocaine in the door panels of the vehicle.

Border Patrol notified the Drug Enforcement Administration, which sent special agents to interview Martinez, who confessed, according to the complaint.

“She stated she was to transport the narcotics concealed in the vehicle to San Antonio, Texas,” the complaint stated. “Martinez also stated she has transported narcotics in the past as well.”

She made a first appearance on Monday in McAllen federal court in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis, who ordered her temporarily held without bond.