A mother in California has been arrested after she was found with $82,000 worth of meth inside her car, KTLA-TV reports.
The 31-year-old woman, whose name was not given, was arrested near Murrieta. Police dogs located the drugs underneath of the passenger’s seat, with 17 cellophane-wrapped packages being found.
The packages weighed around 43 pounds, according to police. Following the mother’s arrest, the children were released to the custody of their father.
“Drug smugglers use children as a diversion,” CBP Agent Douglas Harrison said in a written statement. “I am proud of our agents’ dedication. They diligently safeguard children from being used as decoys to benefit transnational criminal organizations.”