Two Denver Residents Arrested for Possible Drug Smuggling in Separate Incidents
KREX News Room
DENVER - Two people from Denver have been accused of trying to smuggle marijuana over the U.S.-Mexico border in separate incidents.
Authorities in Santa Teresa, New Mexico say they arrested a 19-year-old Denver woman trying to smuggle marijuana across the border. Authorities say she was with her 2-year-old son and another young passenger in the car.
Border agents say Lysette Salazar Miranda was arrested Saturday after authorities found 210 pounds of marijuana.
The drugs, found in a trap door of the minivan she was driving, have an estimated street value of $168,000.
But that's not all, on the same day El Paso, Texas border agents arrested a Denver man in a separate incident.
Officials busted Leopoldo Ruben Deluna, 30, with 251 pounds of marijuana hidden in an SUV he was driving. The with a street value of more than $200,000.
A spokesman from the Colorado Drug Investigators Association says Colorado has become a hub for illegal distribution.
While both suspects arrested at the border are from Denver, it’s not clear if Colorado was the final destination for the smuggled pot.