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      Fitzgerald woman busted with $1.3 million in methamphetamine

      CBP officials say that 50-year-old Corrine Downing Gillis attempted to enter the U.S. via the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas wih $1.3 million in meth.

      / U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      A Fitzgerald woman has been arrested for attempting to bring $1.3 million dollars of methamphetamine into the United States.

      Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say that on March 29th, 50-year-old Corrine Downing Gillis attempted to enter the U.S. via the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas.

      CBP officials say that the primary examination resulted in Gillis' Ford Ranger being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary examination, CBP officers say they discovered four statues, allegedly molded out of methamphetamine and 24 packages hidden within the Ford's tires. CBP officers then removed four statues which held a combined total weight of approximately 19.3 kilograms (42.50 Pounds) and 24 packages from the vehicle's tires which held a combined total weight of approximately 20.8 kilograms (45.95 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.

      CBP agents say that the alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $1.3 million.

      Authorities say that they have seized the narcotics and the Ford Ranger, while Gillis has been turned over to the Homeland Security Investigations agents to continue the investigation.

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