Mother 231 pounds drug found in minivan full of kids.
Mom shuttling 5 of her kids throughout the border in a minivan was arrested Monday after authorities uncovered 231 kilos of medicine hidden all through the car, officers mentioned.
The 34-year-old lady was driving a Honda Odyssey from Mexico by the Otay Mesa Port of Entry simply after midnight when she and her 5 children have been stopped for additional examination, mentioned U.S. Customs and Border Safety.
The CBP officer discovered some preliminary discrepancies and despatched the minivan by a big imaging system, which discovered anomalies within the spare tire properly, quarter panels, doorways and fuel tank, officers mentioned. Officers finally retrieved 206 wrapped packages — a mix of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. The medication have been valued at simply over $1 million in avenue worth, CBP mentioned.
The girl, whose identify was not launched, was booked into the county’s ladies’s jail in Santee, indicating doable state costs within the case fairly than federal. The youngsters have been handed over to a member of the family. CBP officers didn’t disclose the ages of the youngsters or present extra particulars.
“CBP has seen many types of drug smuggling by the years,” mentioned Pete Flores, director of discipline operations for CBP in San Diego. “The toughest ones are when adults embody their kids in tried smuggling schemes.”