Border agents nab suspected smuggler with daughter in car

Posted at 6:56 PM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 21:56:28-04

SALTON CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - Border agents arrested a woman Wednesday morning who is suspected of smuggling meth while her daughter was in the car.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 21-year-old woman for allegedly trying to smuggle 16 pounds of methamphetamine past a Highway 86 checkpoint. 

The woman's four-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle at the time.

The woman's vehicle was stopped just after 8:30 a.m. for inspection by agents, and detection by a canine team prompted agents to refer her to a secondary inspection area.

Agents discovered five packages of methamphetamine in the rear passenger's seat. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $51,360.

“This is an example of the lengths criminals are willing to go through in order to blend in,” Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said. “They will put their kids at risk by involving them in narcotics trafficking activities.”

The woman, her child, and her vehicle and the narcotics were turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration.