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75-year-old with nearly 17 pounds of heroin arrested crossing border into Texas

In this Nov. 13, 2016 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent passes along a section of border wall in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

An American woman in her 70s was busted this week smuggling 17 pounds of heroin into the U.S. from Mexico, officials said.

The 75-year-old woman, who was not identified, was arrested just after 1 p.m. Tuesday after being selected for a secondary search in Tornillo, just outside of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.

Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection used an X-ray machine to find several bundles of the drug in the center console of the woman’s Ford Escape. Her purse was also full of bundles.

Combined, the seven plastic-wrapped packages weighed 16 3/4 pounds.

Donna Sifford, who heads up the border crossing, said it’s not the first time drug runners have used a senior to ferry their products across the border.

“And it won’t be the last,” she added. “Smugglers will try just about anything.”

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