Oceanside, California - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman Tuesday afternoon near Oceanside who, along with her 7-year-old child, had more than 48 pounds of methamphetamine inside her vehicle. 

On Dec. 3, at approximately 4:05 p.m., Border Patrol agents on routine patrol near the Oceanside Harbor exit on Interstate 5, encountered a black Kia Forte heading northbound. Agents pulled the vehicle over to question the driver when they became suspicious of the driver’s behavior. 

A woman driving a Kia Forte on I-5 was arrested for smuggling meth.  20 plastic-wrapped bundles weighing more than 48 pounds with an estimated street value of $92,986 was seized.

Inside the trunk of the car, agents discovered a duffle bag with 20 bundles of methamphetamine inside. The narcotics weighed 48.94 pounds with an estimated street value of $92,986.

The driver, a 26-year-old Mexican national with a valid B1/B2 tourist visa, was placed under arrest and faces state charges for felony drug trafficking.  The narcotics and the vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The minor child was placed with local child protective services.

Since October 1, 2019, San Diego Sector agents have seized more than 750 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1,427,660.