Mom Arrested with Kids in Drug Smuggling Attempt

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013  |  Updated 1:06 PM PDT
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15 Pounds of Cocaine Stashed in Woman's Gas Tank

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The 36 bundles of cocaine found inside the Versa are piled on top of the vehicle.

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A woman faces charges for attempting to smuggle $1 million in cocaine from Mexico to the United States inside a car with her two children in tow.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents said the 32-year-old woman drove a white Nissan Versa to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry south of San Diego on Tuesday.

After agents ran the car through the port’s imaging system, they said they noticed something unusual about the car’s floorboard.

Under the plastic and carpeting, officers said they found 95 pounds of cocaine estimated to be worth more than $1 million.

The woman, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and her children are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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