Reynosa, Mexico, woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for delivery of cocaine
March 18, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2014 at 10:18 p.m.
A Reynosa, Mexico, woman who was carrying 8.5 pounds of cocaine on her when she was stopped for speeding pleaded guilty Friday in Wharton County.
Beatriz Adriana Del Angel Portilla, 35, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Portilla, who is suspected of being in the country illegally, has an immigration detainer, according to a news release from the Wharton County district attorney's office.
On Oct. 12, Department of Public Safety Trooper Bruce Cipriani pulled over Portilla on U.S. Highway 59 on suspicion of speeding. Her two daughters, ages 11 and 8, were in the car with her.
Cipriani gained permission to search her car.
But when he and other law enforcement officers noticed she was walking strangely, she refused to let them pat her down on camera. Instead, she agreed to drive to the El Campo Police Department to allow a female dispatcher to do so. That dispatcher felt a brick-like object in the small of her back and buttocks areas, and at that point, Portilla was placed under arrest.
Four bricks of cocaine, totaling 8.58 pounds, were found under her dress in a bodysuit type garment, according to the news release.
Portilla's children were turned over to Child Protective Services.