SANTA TERESA, N.M. — A 19-year-old Denver woman was arrested at a U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico over the weekend with 210 pounds of marijuana, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office.
Customs agents said Lysette Salazar Miranda had her 2-year-old child and a juvenile in the car with her along with the marijuana, which has an estimated street value of $168,000. The agents went on to say it’s not uncommon to see smugglers posing as families to appear less conspicuous.
“Seeing smugglers traveling with children is becoming more and more common,” said Santa Teresa acting Port Director Ray Provencio. “Smugglers will try to blend in with legitimate traffic to defeat the inspection process. CBP officers at the Santa Teresa port are up to the challenge and were successful in stopping this large drug load.”
The Custom’s Office said they arrested Miranda shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Agents made the arrest after locating a trap door in the floor of the Miranda’s van. A total of 220 bundles of marijuana were seized from the secret compartment.
The two children in the vehicle, who were not identified, were turned over to their relatives.