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Mother found with 65 hidden bundles of meth, and her 6-year-old son, in SUV, Border Patrol says

Meth smuggling
Border Patrol agents said they found more than 67 pounds of methamphetamine in an SUV driven by a mother who had her young son in the vehicle.
(U.S. Border Patrol)

Border Patrol agents arrested a 25-year-old mother Tuesday night at a freeway checkpoint in San Diego County after finding nearly 68 pounds of methamphetamine inside the SUV she was driving with her 6-year-old son inside, authorities said.

The woman, a Mexican citizen, pulled up to an Interstate 8 checkpoint in Pine Valley, east of San Diego, around 9 p.m. driving a 1999 Ford Expedition, Border Patrol officials said in a statement. Agents at the checkpoint sent her to a secondary inspection area where a drug-sniffing dog zeroed in on the rear door of the SUV, authorities said.

Agents searched the inside panels of the Expedition and a spare tire, turning up 65 bundles of crystal methamphetamine with a total weight of 67.68 pounds, authorities said.

Officials said the estimated street value of the drugs was more than $179,000.

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Agents arrested the mother, placed the boy with Child Protective Services, seized the SUV and turned the drugs over to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, officials said.


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