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Woman’s gas tank contained 11 pounds of cocaine, feds say

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A woman accused of entering the United States with 11 pounds of cocaine in her gas tank was arrested last weekend, authorities said.

Katya Carolina Garza, a US citizen, was arrested Jan. 7 for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to federal records.

Garza entered the United States from Mexico at the port of entry in Brownville and Matamoros, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ValleyCentral.

Garza was identified as the driver of a red Ford Escape and her vehicle was referred for secondary inspection after an “automated computer-generated alert,” authorities said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found five packets of a white substance in a “fabricated compartment in the gas tank,” the complaint states.

The packages weighed a total of 11.4 pounds and tested positive for properties of cocaine, authorities said.

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