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Mother with four children in car arrested, accused of carrying cocaine across U.S.-Mexico border

December 11, 2010 |  9:56 am

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A 33-year-old woman with her four children in the car and 50 pounds of cocaine in the car's spare tire was arrested attempting to cross into the U.S. at Tecate, Mexico, Customs and Border Protection officials said.

The woman, in a 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, approached the border crossing early Thursday with her daughters, ages 8 and 18, and sons, 9 and 12, officials said.

Officials said a drug-sniffing dog detected the presence of drugs underneath the vehicle. Inside the spare tire were 14 packages wrapped in duct tape, they said. The cocaine is worth approximately $500,000.

The driver was taken into custody and booked at the federal jail in downtown San Diego. The three minor children were turned over to the county's Child Protective Services, officials said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The vehicle of the woman detained at the Tecate border crossing. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection