An American citizen with two children inside her car was arrested on Interstate 5 by Border Patrol agents on suspicion of smuggling methamphetamine, the Border Patrol said Tuesday.

The 2001 Honda Accord with a mother and two children that was stopped by the Border Patrol. Photo courtesy Border Patrol

The incident occurred Monday when agents became suspicious of a 33-year-old woman driving north on I-5 and stopped her near Basilone Road in San Clemente.

A Border Patrol K-9 team was summoned and performed a sniff of the 2001 Honda Accord, resulting in a positive alert.  Agents searched the vehicle and discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the lining of an ice chest near a child’s booster seat.

Agents recovered narcotics weighing 6.72 pounds and valued at $67,200.

The woman, whose name was not released, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the two children were taken by County of San Diego Child Welfare Services.  The vehicle were seized by the Border Patrol.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.