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Border officials arrest woman driving with 231 pounds of drugs in vehicle
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have arrested a mother, who was driving with her five children in a minivan, after they discovered nearly 231 pounds of drugs stashed in the vehicle. The 34-year-old woman, whose name has not been disclosed, was driving a Honda Odyssey from Mexico through San Diego’s Otay Mesa Port of Entry on April 9, 2018, authorities said.
When the CBP officers stopped the minivan for inspection, they detected some anomalies in the gas tank, spare tire well, doors, and quarter panels while sending the vehicle through a huge imaging system. A thorough inspection of the vehicle led to the discovery of 206 wrapped packages containing cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. The officials estimated the total drug consignment at a street value of $1 million.
“CBP has seen many forms of drug smuggling through the years. The hardest ones are when adults include their children in attempted smuggling schemes,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. Later, the mother was booked into the women’s jail in Santee. Also, authorities handed her kids over to a family member.
The Southwest border is one of the major gateways for the entry of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and other illicit drugs produced in Mexico and other South American nations. This region includes roughly 2,000 miles of international border, ranging from San Diego in California to Brownsville in Texas and is covered by the Southwest Border High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, whose primary aim is to keep a check on drug-trafficking activities along the border with Mexico.
Cross-border drug trafficking is on the rise
Authorities attribute the spike in drug trafficking along the Southwest border to the high demand for mind-altering drugs in America. The persistent threat of drugs flowing through the U.S.-Mexico border is the main driver of the soaring cross-border violence and subsequent instability in the region, according to experts. It is an indisputable fact that Mexico is a Mecca of drug production and a safe passage way for huge consignments of illicit substances intended for lucrative American markets.
Besides the infamous Sinaloa cartel, the Juarez cartel, the Gulf cartel, the Arellano Felix cartel, and Los Zetas cartel are some of the prominent drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) that pose an omnipresent threat of drugs entering the U.S. from the Mexican side. In recent years, Mexican drug cartels have started to discover ingenious ways of transporting large drug consignments across one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders and into the U.S. Nevertheless, law enforcement officials are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to take timely and effective steps to deal with the drug trafficking problem.
Battling menace of addiction
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