She tried to smuggle $300k of liquid meth in her gas tank across the borer but was caught

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LAREDO, TEXAS – A 24-year-old Houston woman has entered a guilty plea to conspiring to import $300,000 of meth into the country, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

On March 6, Yatziri Barboza arrived at the Juarez–Lincoln International Bridge in Laredo driving a Volkswagen Touareg. Law enforcement conducted an X-ray inspection of her vehicle and noticed an anomaly in the gas tank.

They removed the gas tank and found a compartment with 57.46 kilograms of meth in liquid form.

The narcotics have an estimated street value of approximately $300,000.


U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo will set sentencing for a later date. At that time, Barboza faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison. She was taken into custody pending that hearing. 

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Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fawcett is prosecuting the case.