TUCSON, Ariz. (KABC) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a mother accused of attempting to smuggle drugs from Mexico by wrapping 2 pounds of cocaine around her 12-year-old daughter's waist.
Officers referred the 35-year-old woman and her three children for an additional search of a Nissan hatchback as they attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday at Arizona's San Luis Port of Entry.
A CBP canine alert to the 12-year-old led officers to discover more than 2 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $24,000, wrapped around her torso.
Border Patrol officers seized their vehicle, as well as the drugs.
The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Mother attempts to smuggle drugs by wrapping cocaine around young daughter, agents say