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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 10:19 pm

Four people, including two Canadian citizens and one Mexican citizen, were arrested Sunday and Monday on separate charges of attempting to smuggle more than $800,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine.

Canadians Anthony William Knockwood, 41, and Heather Patricia Keirstead, 25, were arrested Monday at the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates after U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors said they found 35.1 pounds of cocaine in their 1997 Endeavor recreational vehicle, court documents show.

Knockwood and Keirstead are from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, according to a CBP news release.

The vehicle was sent to secondary inspection, where an X-ray showed 14 packages hidden under the fiberglass shower and within the walls of the RV, court documents show.

The cocaine was valued at more than $500,000, according to a CBP news release.

Knockwood and Keirstead are being held without bail until a Friday preliminary detention hearing.

On Sunday, a U.S. citizen and a Mexican citizen were arrested at two different ports of entry on separate drug charges.

Oscar Alberto Aguilar, 19, of Houston, is charged with trying to bring 18 pounds of methamphetamine into the country, documents show.

According to court documents, Aguilar, a U.S. citizen, appeared nervous after driving a 1996 Chevrolet truck to the Gateway International Bridge and was referred to secondary inspection.

Agents found seven packages valued at approximately $270,000 hidden in the radiator of the truck, according to a CBP news release.

According to court documents, Aguilar told agents he knew he was smuggling an unknown type of drug and was to deliver the truck to Houston.

He is being held without bail until a Friday preliminary detention hearing.

The second arrest Sunday was at the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates.

Miguel Angel Hernandez-Solis, 44, a Mexican national living in Dallas, drove a 1990 Chevy Silverado across the bridge and was referred to secondary inspection, court documents show.

CBP agents found four packages of cocaine hidden within the frame of the vehicle, court documents show. The cocaine weighed 2.6 pounds and was valued at $83,200, according to a CBP news release.

Hernandez-Solis is being held without bail until a Friday preliminary detention hearing.

Court documents show he waived court-appointed counsel and would hire his own attorney.

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