U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing at the El Paso port of entry seized 74 pounds of marijuana over the weekend.
The drugs were hidden in a car being driven by a woman traveling with her four children.
The seizure was made just after 8 a.m. when a Mercury Villager van entered the port from Mexico. The driver of the vehicle appeared nervous and CBP drug sniffing dog “Cesar” alerted to the van. CBP officers located drugs inside the panels of the van. They removed a total of 69 drug-filled packages from the vehicle with a weight of 74 pounds.
The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $59,200.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, 37-year-old Alejandra Chavira De Paz, of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was arrested to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt. The children, ages 8, 12, 13 were turned over to the custody of an 18-year-old adult child and released.