A metropolis councilor from the Mexican border metropolis of Reynosa has been arrested at a checkpoint in Texas after U.S. border patrol brokers discovered about 93 kilos of cocaine in her automotive, prosecutors stated.
On Wednesday, Denisse Ahumada was still listed as considered one of about 20 members of the Reynosa metropolis council.
Courtroom data present she was arrested on June 10 at an inland safety checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, after an X-ray inspection of her SUV confirmed anomalies within the door panels and the seats. Border Patrol brokers discovered 42 packages wrapped in duct tape and foil, every containing a few kilogram of cocaine.
In a news release saying the seizure in Falfurrias and one other cocaine seizure on the Javier Vega Jr. checkpoint, Border Patrol stated that they had discovered narcotics totaling about 117 kilos with a avenue worth of over $3.7 million
Based on prosecutors, Ahumada advised brokers she was speculated to have delivered the medication to San Antonio, Texas. She additionally advised brokers she had carried such shipments earlier than.
Ahumada didn’t reply to electronic mail requests for remark. She faces a cost of possession with intent to distribute medication within the U.S. District Courtroom for southern Texas.
Native media reported Ahumada was a part of the conservative opposition Nationwide Motion Get together, or PAN. However in a press release Tuesday, the PAN workplace within the northern border state of Tamaulipas denied she was a member or supporter of the occasion, and condemned drug smuggling.
State occasion chief Luis René Cantú stated Ahumada had run for workplace on the Inexperienced Get together ticket and later requested to hitch the PAN, however later misplaced contact with the occasion.
Reynosa is a violent border metropolis throughout from McAllen, Texas, that has lengthy been dominated by factions of the Gulf Cartel.
The Gulf Cartel has splintered into warring factions following the arrest and extradition of a few of its high leaders over the last decade.
Final month, Mexican police stated theyof the violent Metros faction of the cartel implicated in 23 assaults on police and 9 towards navy personnel. The suspect was recognized as Hugo Salinas Cortinas, whose nickname “La Cabra” means “The Goat.”
In March, the brother of Miguel Villarreal, aka “Gringo Mike,” a former Gulf Cartel plaza boss, wasin Houston to 180 months in jail for his function in distributing cocaine.
The Scorpions faction of the Gulf Cartel was allegedly chargeable for the latest kidnappingand the deaths of two of them.
AFP contributed to this report.