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CBP Officers Find Narcotics in Car and a Woman Allegedly Smuggling Cocaine with Her Children

Release Date: 
December 18, 2013

San Diego, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry Monday discovered a cache of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine in a Ford Escape and on Tuesday found 95 pounds of cocaine in a vehicle driven by a woman with her two children.  

On December 16, at about 12:15 a.m. a 35-year-old male U.S. citizen entered the port for inspection driving a 2002 Ford Escape.  A CBP officer referred the driver and vehicle for a more intensive examination.

A canine team screened the vehicle and the detector dog alerted to the undercarriage.  Officers searched the car and found an access panel to a specially-built floor compartment in the vehicle’s undercarriage.  They subsequently extracted eight packages of heroin, weighing 21 pounds, seven packages of cocaine, weighing 19 pounds, and seven packages of methamphetamine, weighing 11 pounds.

The driver was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

On December 17, at about 7 a.m., a 32-year-old U.S. citizen driving a white Nissan Versa entered the port of entry accompanied by her two U.S. citizen children.  A CBP officer referred the vehicle and occupants for a more in-depth investigation.

CBP officers ran the vehicle through the port’s imaging system and discovered anomalies with the floorboard.  Officers found 36 packages of cocaine, weighing 95 pounds in the floor of the vehicle under plastic and carpeting.

The driver was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

The minor children were turned over to the custody of Child Protective Services.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicles in both cases.  The narcotics have a combined street value of more than $1.5 million.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021