Law enforcement on Wednesday seized over 20 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a pickup truck in Brownsville worth an estimated $1 million, according to information provided by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department in a morning press conference.
Deputies arrested Beatriz Carrizales, the driver of the vehicle and transported the woman to the Sheriff’s Office for processing, Sheriff Omar Lucio told reporters. She faces one count of manufacture/delivery of substance in Penalty Group 1, a first-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment up to 99 years with a fine of $10,000.
According to the department’s press release, a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a maroon GMC Sierra pickup truck displaying Texas license plates for a traffic violation near the intersection of North Vermillion Avenue and Tallowood Circle in Brownsville.
“During the stop, the Deputy asked for consent to search the Sierra pickup due to the nervousness and conflicting story given by Carrizales,” the statement read. A department K9 was then deployed and gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics near the rear bumper and tailgate area, the department stated.
The driver was detained before authorities searched the vehicle. Inside, they discovered a false door that was covered up with plaster-like material containing 20 tape-wrapped bundles concealed inside the tailgate, the document stated.
The department estimated the street value of the 21.5 kilograms of cocaine at approximately $1 million.