Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 8 checkpoint Tuesday who had her six-year-old son in the vehicle along with $179,000 worth of methamphetamine.
The 1999 Ford Expedition arrived at the checkpoint near Campo at 9 p.m., and agents referred it to secondary inspection, where a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the SUV’s rear door.
Agents found packages of drugs inside the left and right rear-door panels, and inside the spare tire. At the end of their search, agents had retrieved a total of 65 bundles of crystal meth.
The driver, a 25-year-old Mexican national, was arrested and her child was placed with Child Protective Services.
“I am very proud of the dedication displayed by these agents,” said San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “They are committed to keeping dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities and protecting innocent children from being used as pawns by criminal organizations.”