(CNN) – A shocking discovery near the United States – Mexico border in San Diego. Authorities say a woman, with two young children in tow, tried to smuggling cocaine inside her car.
14 bundles of cocaine worth half a million dollars was found hidden inside the seats of a Honda Civic.
Border patrol agents stopped a 25-year-old mother with her two-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old boy on the northbound five freeway near the exit 72. United States Border Patrol spotted a vehicle that looked suspicious, and after they pulled the vehicle over, they did a canine sniff of the vehicle.”
This seven-year-old German shepherd named “Sergeant” was the one who made the alert to nearly 40 pounds of cocaine. Eight bricks were buried underneath the back seat, where the two-year-old girl sat.
Border Patrol and DEA agents say it’s part of an alarming trend. In the last three months, they have had four huge busts in which mothers have children in the car, and often times the drugs are right underneath a car seat.
United States Border patrol, Agent Jose Hernandez states “They translate that nobody’s going to want to smuggle narcotics, especially the type of cocaine, that type of narcotics, hard narcotics, with children in the vehicle. They think they look more inconspicuous that way.”
Agents say they’re making regular busts of hard drugs like cocaine, meth and heroin. A German shepherd named “Black” got a hit on drugs hidden in the car’s gas tank and back seat while they were at the checkpoint.
The amount of marijuana they’re seizing, they said, has plateaued.
United States Border patrol, Agent Jose Hernandez continues, “It’s more readily accessible. And that’s pushed them to transport the more heavy narcotics where they can get more bang for the buck.
They make everybody’s life more dangerous. It increases crime and also makes it more dangerous for people on the road.” The woman, who agents will not identify, was taken in by a DEA task force. The children are with San Diego child services.