MOTHER CAUGHT WITH $179,352 IN METHAMPHETAMINE WHILE HER CHILD WAS IN CAR

$179,352 of drugs seized from woman's vehicle while her child was in car

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 8 checkpoint in Pine Valley, California on October 1, 2019. The woman had methamphetamine hidden inside her SUV with her child in her car.

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.

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