Two El Paso women suspected of drug smuggling, arrested at Border Patrol checkpoint

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Two women were arrested Monday on suspicion of attempting to smuggle drugs through a Border Patrol checkpoint east of El Paso.

The arrests were made at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 62/180, east of El Paso headed towards Carlsbad, N.M.

About 114 bundles of marijuana, weighing about 130 pounds, were found in large duffel bags in the back of Chevy SUV the women were traveling in, according to Border Patrol.

A drug-sniffing dog was used to confirm the drugs were inside the back, the release said. Prior to that, agents decided to inspect the SUV because the driver was acting “excessively nervous.”

The women were arrested, but have not been charged. The case has been turned over to prosecutors, the release said. 

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