Woman arrested for transporting large amount of hidden meth while six-year-old in car with her

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SAN CLEMENTA, CA –United States Border Patrol agents conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Honda Accord on July 21st around 5:15 pm. 

While they were conducting the stop, agents asked the female driver, who was not identified by police, for consent to search the vehicle after she and her six-year-old daughter exited. 

Instead of doing the consent search themselves, they had a drug certified police K9 do the favor.  When the dog performed the sniff, he indicated to the presence of the odor of drugs coming from within the vehicle. 

Agents began a manual search and located 28.8 pounds of methamphetamine in the gas tank of the vehicle.  To give a reference, anything over four grams in the state of Florida is considered trafficking. 

The mother was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency and her child was turned over to local protective services.

Drug trafficking along border states has always had a problem with drugs coming in from Mexico.  In 2016, Border Patrol agents from San Diego seized almost 83,000 kilograms of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. 

Traffickers utilize many different methods to sneak the drugs into the United States, ranging from what we saw in this incident, a mother driving her child around so as not to raise suspicion, to flying into a drug infested area, packing the drugs on your body in a suit that isn’t visible, and flying back into the US. 

According to a self-help webpage for drug traffickers, (yes that is real, click on the link), there are many additional ways in which to try to conceal drugs from police officers.  They explain that women can remove the padding in their bras and replace it with powdered narcotics.  People can also replace shoe soles and jacket padding to do the same. 

Another example given is to use children as the couriers in the hopes that police will not stop them when doing searches. 

President Trump has focused on border states in the past regarding drug trafficking that has occurred in those areas for decades.  The President highlighted the issue at many campaign rallies and speeches throughout his election and presidency. 

These concerns, according to the democrats, were simply a “racist” way to keep Hispanic people out of the United States. 

Recently, President Trump attended a meeting at the US Southern Command in Doral to address the progress his administration has made in combating the issue. 

He said:

“Last year, 70,000 precious American lives were taken because of the poison the cartels bring into our country.  We’ll work relentlessly to seize illegal drugs, arrest vile traffickers.” 

The President advised a joint operation with the US Military and multiple other law enforcement agencies had conducted over 1,000 arrests and the seize of over 260,000 pounds of drugs which would be worth billions of dollars, all since April.

The President’s stop highlights the very real danger of drugs coming across the border.  According to NBC News, drugs are entering the United States, (Arizona alone) from Mexico is thousands of tons. 

Assistant Special Agent in charge for the US Drug Enforcement Agency in Tucson said:

“Right now, the volume of marijuana that will be seized in southern Arizona will be approximately, we predict, 1.4 million pounds by the end of this calendar year.  That is beyond what we’ve ever seized before.” 

The amount seized is anticipated to be only 20% of the amount of marijuana that will make it past law enforcement:

“If they get in through Arizona, they’re into the highway system of the United States, they’re literally in the bloodstream of the United States.  And once they’re in the bloodstream of the United States, it’s very hard to root them out.” 

Drug traffickers will continue to use methods that they have found to be effective to transport illegal drugs into the United States, but they will also invent new ones.  

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Here’s another recent story regarding drugs being smuggled into the US, this time in onions.

On July 19th, Custom and Border Patrol agents at the Otay Mesa commercial facility found 614 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a shipment of green onions.

According to a media release from CBP, on July 19th at approximately 12:30 p.m., CBP officers encountered a 31-year-old male Mexican citizen, driving a tractor pulling a trailer with a shipment manifested as “mint leaves and other spices.”

During the X-ray exam, CBP officials identified anomalies within the shipment and sent the truck and trailer to the dock for a more extensive examination. A CBP canine team also screened the truck and trailer. The narcotics dog alerted officers to the shipment, which then prompted the CBP officers to prob the boxes. 

When they probed the boxes, they discovered a crystal-like substance that tested positive for the properties of methamphetamine. The officers extracted 40 wrapped packages of methamphetamine, co-mingled with the green onions. The seized methamphetamine has an estimated value of $1.4 million.

The driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigators for further processing. CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer, and the narcotics. 

On Friday, July 17th, CBP officers at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas intercepted methamphetamine totaling over $1.3 million in street value. According to a media release from CBP, a CBP officer referred a 2007 Chevrolet Express van making entry from Mexico for a secondary inspection.

CBP officers examined the vehicle utilizing a non-intrusive imagining system, which resulted in the discovery of 69.44 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the van. CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Port Director Gregory Alvarez said in a statement:

“Drug smuggling organizations attempt to smuggle contraband into the U.S. daily. Though their methods range in complexity, our officers maintain their vigilance through vigorous enforcement operations.”

On the afternoon of July 21st, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, CBP officers and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents seized 43 pounds (19.4 kilos) of narcotics, and arrested a man attempting to elude detection near Playa Colora. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $485,000.

According to a media release from CBP, during patrol, an AMO Marine Unit encountered a vessel at full speed heading towards Fajardo. Upon spotting law enforcement, the occupants threw a bag into the water and changed course. The AMO unit continued to pursue the vessel.

The vessel landed in Playa Colora, Fajardo, where Marine Interdiction Agents (MIA) were able to arrest one of the occupants. The MIA’s recovered a duffel bag, where they found 17 bricks that field tested positive to the properties of cocaine. Johnny Morales, Director of Air and Marine Operations, for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch said in a statement:

“Our AMO crews have been very busy working to address the illicit activity in the eastern coast of the island.”

The case has been transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for further investigation. 

On Tuesday, July 14th, CBP and Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas seized methamphetamine with a street value of over $3 million. According to a media release from CBP, officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of tile arriving from Mexico.

The 1999 Freight-liner tractor and shipment was referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, which resulted in the discovery of 70 packages containing 164.81 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the commercial trailer. 

CBP officers seized the trailer and narcotics. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. 

Port Director Gregory Alvarez said in a statement:

“International trade continues to show extraordinary growth, causing illicit drug traffickers to become bold in their attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains.”

 

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