Border Agents Arrest Woman Who Appeared to Use Child to Seem Less Suspicious to Smuggle Pounds of Meth into U.S.

Meth seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego is shown in a photo released by the agency on Dec. 3, 2019.

Meth seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego is shown in a photo released by the agency on Dec. 3, 2019.

A woman attempted to smuggle 50 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S. while using her child to appear less suspicious, Border Patrol officials said Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Mexican national was traveling into the country with a valid B1/B2 tourist visa on Tuesday afternoon when she was stopped by the Border Patrol agents near the Oceanside Harbor exit on Interstate 5. San Diego Sector agents who pulled the woman over said they became suspicious of her due to her behavior, according to a news release.

Agents found a duffle bag with 20 bundles of meth that weighed a total of 48.94 pounds inside the trunk of the woman’s car. The estimated value of the drugs was $92,986, officials said.

She was arrested and could face charges for felony drug trafficking. The narcotics were seized and the child was placed in the care of a local child protection service, officials said.

The San Diego Sector has seized more than 750 pounds of meth with an estimated street value of $1,427,660 since Oct. 1, officials said in the news release.

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