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Juarez woman tries sneaking through international bridge with cocaine stuffed in shoes

A Juarez woman is accused of trying to smuggling more than a pound of cocaine that was hidden in her shoes. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A Juarez woman tried to sneak 1.32 pounds of cocaine in her shoes at a local port of entry.

Authorities said the seizure was made around 7 p.m. Monday at the Ysleta international pedestrian inspection area.

Laura Valeria Ramirez, 23, was selected for a secondary exam, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed that her shoes seemed unusually heavy, officials said.

“CBP officers will sometimes encounter people who try to smuggle drugs in their shoes,” said Severiano Solis, acting CBP El Paso port director. “Our attention to detail stopped this drug smuggler in her tracks.”

The inner soles of the shoes appeared thick and bulky and officers X-rayed the shoes, officials said.

Hidden inside the soles was a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Ramirez was turned over to federal agents to face charges in connection with the smuggling attempt.

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