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Border agents in Arizona bust woman using children in car seats to smuggle marijuana from Mexico

February 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border agents in Arizona bust woman using children in car seats to smuggle marijuana from Mexico

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U.S. Customs officers apprehended a woman from Mexico after she reportedly tried to smuggle 48 pounds of marijuana under and around five children’s’ car seats.

The 34-year-old Mexican woman tried to cross into the United States through Arizona’s Lukeville Port of Entry.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, an agent noticed a square-shaped object under a blanket at the feet of one of the kids. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered a bundle of marijuana. Authorities then found two additional batches under and around the car seats of the five children who were in the minivan.

CBP officials indicated that the woman smuggled roughly $24,000 in marijuana into the U.S.

The drugs were confiscated, and the woman was taken into custody. The children were turned over to a family member. The woman was turned over to Homeland Security for possible prosecution for drug smuggling.

Last Apri, CBP officers detained a woman who was pushing a stroller with two children. The Mexican native tried to cross the pedestrian lanes at the Nogales Port of Entry when a K-9 signaled to the presence of drugs in the stroller.

After removing the children, officers located the highly dangerous drug fentanyl. According to the U.S. DEA, fentanyl is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine, and 50 times stronger than heroin.

“Fentanyl can kill you,” DEA Deputy Administrator Jack Riley said in 2015. “Fentanyl is sold as heroin in virtually every corner of our country. It’s produced clandestinely in Mexico, and [also] comes from China. It is 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin. A small amount ingested, or absorbed through your skin, can kill you.”

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