51-Year-Old Woman Detained After Massive Cocaine Bust in Boyle Heights Now Faces Deportation, Sparking Protests in Downtown Los Angeles

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Dozens of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the detention of a 51-year-old woman who now faces deportation for living in the country illegally.

Protesters outside the downtown Los Angeles federal building form a protective ring around Claudia Rueda, the daughter of Teresa Vidal-Jaime, who was detained Monday and awaits deportation. (Credit: Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times)

Teresa Vidal-Jaime was picked up by federal authorities Monday after a massive drug bust at a Boyle Heights apartment complex where she lives. During the raid, her husband was arrested for drug possession and investigators seized more than 30 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 in cash, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

But Vidal-Jaime’s daughter, Claudia Rueda, an immigration activist in Los Angeles, joined community organizers to protest her mother’s detention, calling it an unlawful raid that swept up an innocent woman in a criminal probe.

“Her mother didn’t have anything to do with this,” said Marcela Hernandez, one of the organizers. Vidal-Jaime “didn’t know anything about anything in the apartment. She let them in.”

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