A woman with five children in her minivan was arrested Monday on suspicion of smuggling 231 pounds of narcotics across the Mexico-U.S. border in San Diego, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, KTLA sister station KSWB reported.
Shortly after midnight, CBP officers encountered a 34-year-old woman driving a Honda Odyssey with her five children inside at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, according to the Los Angeles Times. Officers stopped the minivan for further examination and sent it through an imaging system. The scan discovered anomalies in the spare tire well, quarter panels, doors and gas tank, officials said.
Officers found 206 wrapped packages of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, CBP said. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be just over $1 million.
The woman was arrested and taken to the Las Colinas Women’s detention center. Her children were turned over to a family member.
“CBP has seen many forms of drug smuggling through the years,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “The hardest ones are when adults include their children in attempted smuggling schemes.”