Mom with van full of kids busted at border with $1 million in drugs

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The 34-year-old woman was returning from Mexico through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry after midnight in a Honda Odyssey with five children when she was stopped at the San Diego crossing and her van searched, KSWB-TV reported.

Borders officers used an imaging system on the van and found “anomalies” in the gas tank, spare tire well, doors and quarter panels, according to KSWB. Upon a closer inspection, they discovered more than 200 packages containing heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine with a street value of more than $1 million, CBP officials said.

A photo of the hidden drugs found in a woman’s minivan as she was crossing into the U.S. from Mexico just after midnight on Monday.
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The woman was arrested, and the children were placed in the custody of relatives.

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“CBP has seen many forms of drug smuggling through the years,” Pete Flores, the director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, said in a statement, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. “The hardest ones are when adults include their children in attempted smuggling schemes.”

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