San Luis, AZ (Tucson News Now) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a mother on Friday, April 13 in connection to a failed drug smuggling attempt involving the use of her 12-year-old daughter, at Arizona's Port of San Luis, near Yuma.
Officers referred a 35-year-old woman for an additional search of her Nissan hatchback as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Friday afternoon. According to a CBP news release, the woman had her three children in the car.
A CBP canine alerted to the 12-year-old daughter, leading officers to discover more than two pounds of cocaine, worth almost $24,000 wrapped around the girl's torso.
CBP officers seized the vehicle as well as the drugs.
The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.