Drugs found in boy’s backpack after Gwinnett mom goes missing

A toddler was found wandering after his mother went missing in Gwinnett County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
A toddler was found wandering after his mother went missing in Gwinnett County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The family of a missing Gwinnett County mother fears she may have been kidnapped after drugs were found in her child’s backpack after she disappeared, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Beatriz Espinoza, 25, disappeared Friday and her 3-year-old son was found hours later wandering alone in a shopping center near the family’s apartment complex, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

A family friend who did not want to be identified told police that the boy’s backpack, which was left in the car, contained two bags of drugs. Police believe the drugs were marijuana and methamphetamine, the news station reported.

Drugs believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine were found in a backpack belonging to a missing woman's son. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
Drugs believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine were found in a backpack belonging to a missing woman's son. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

That friend told Channel 2 a man called from Mexico to say Espinoza lost $30,000 and he wants it back.

“There is no way you can escape alive with this sort of stuff if you are involved with the dealers,” the friend told Channel 2.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said his department still considers this a missing person case and is investigating all leads.

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