Mother arrested for drug smuggling with children
SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Authorities in Santa Teresa, N.M., say they arrested a 19-year-old Denver woman trying to smuggle marijuana across the border with her 2-year-old son and another young passenger in the car.
Acting Port Director Ray Provencio says it is becoming more and more common to see smugglers traveling with children as they try to blend in with the rest of traffic.
Customs and Border Protection field officers say Lysette Salazar Miranda was arrested Saturday after authorities found 210 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $168,000 in a trap door of the minivan she was driving. They say her son and the juvenile passenger were turned over to relatives.