That's a lot of narcotics.
As talks about the wall between Mexico and America intensify, new reports of attempted drug smuggling raise a concern for increased border policing in order to impede the trafficking of opiates and other controlled substances. Authorities have revealed that a woman travelling between the two nations in a minivan containing her five children was also carrying nearly $1 million worth of dope.
The 34 year-old woman was stopped by border patrol just after midnight on Monday night at the Otay Mesa Point of Entry between San Diego and Tijuana.
Law enforcement officers reveal that a scanner was able to locate unusual images found in the doors, side panels, gas tank and spare tire well of the woman's Honda Odyssey.
Further investigation allowed authorities to seize nearly 200 packages containing 231 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. The accused was immediately arrested, while her children were given to a family member while their mother awaits prosecution.