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Million $ meth bust catches South GA woman

(SOURCE: U. S. Customs) (SOURCE: U. S. Customs)
(SOURCE: U. S. Customs) (SOURCE: U. S. Customs)

A Fitzgerald woman is arrested on the Mexican border with over a million dollars worth of meth hidden in her car.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers say the found 42.5 pounds of methamphetamine inside 50-year-old Corrine Downing Gillis' 2002 Ford Ranger as she attempted to cross the boarder from Mexico into the United States.

Agents at the Veterans' International Bridge examined the vehicle and Gillis and sent her to secondary for further examination.

That's when they discovered the meth, which has a street value of $1.3 million.

This information was provided by U. S. Customs-

Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Veterans' International Bridge this weekend intercepted a significant load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $1.3 million, molded into statues and hidden within the tires of a Ford Ranger. 

On March 29, 2013 CBP officers working primary at Veterans' International Bridge encountered a 2002 Ford Ranger driven by a woman. A CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its sole occupant, identified as a 50-year-old United States citizen who resides in Fitzgerald, Georgia being referred to CBP secondary for further examination.

While in secondary, CBP officers discovered four statues allegedly molded out of methamphetamine and 24 packages hidden within the Ford's tires. CBP officers removed four statues which held a combined total weight of approximately 19.3 kilograms (42.50 Pounds) and 24 packages from the vehicle's tires which held a combined total weight of approximately 20.8 kilograms (45.95 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.

The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1.3 million. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the woman over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.

"Brownsville CBP officers' interception of these dangerous drugs is a direct result of their commitment to the safety of our nation's borders. I congratulate our officers for this outstanding seizure and for the arrest of this would-be smuggler," said Michael T. Freeman, CBP Port Director, Brownsville.  

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