Child Endangered During Meth Smuggling Attempt
PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had methamphetamine hidden inside her SUV with a child in her car on Tuesday.
At approximately 9 p.m., on Oct. 1, 2019, a woman and her 6-year-old son arrived at the I-8 checkpoint in a 1999 Ford Expedition. Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection for further examination. Once there, a K-9 alerted to the rear door of the SUV.
Searching the vehicle, agents found several plastic-wrapped packages inside the left and right side rear-door panels. Agents also noticed the rear spare tire had abnormalities and discovered packages were inside. At the end of their search, the agents retrieved a total of 65 bundles of crystal meth. The bundles weighed 67.68 pounds and have an estimated street value of $179,352.
The driver, a 25-year-old Mexican national, was arrested and her child was placed with Child Protective Services. The narcotics were turned over to officials at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
“I am very proud of the dedication displayed by these agents,” said San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “They are committed to keeping dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities and protecting innocent children from being used as pawns by criminal organizations.”
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.