SALTON CITY – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a 21-year-old woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine with her four-year-old daughter in the vehicle Wednesday morning.
According to a press release, the woman’s vehicle was stopped just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday 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.
â€œThis is an example of the lengths criminals are willing to go through in order to blend in,â€ Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim said. â€œThey will put their kids at risk by involving them in narcotics trafficking activities.â€
According to law enforcement, the woman, her child, her vehicle and the narcotics were turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration.