MURRIETA (CNS) - A 31-year-old woman suspected of hauling more than 40 pounds of methamphetamine in her SUV – with her two young children riding in the vehicle – was arrested today by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Murrieta.
Ledi Vanessa Murillo was booked into the Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of transportation of controlled substances for sale and possession of illegal drugs. She's being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
According to Border Patrol Agent Theron Francisco, shortly before 3 a.m., agents stopped Murillo as she was driving northbound on Interstate 15, entering Riverside County, in her 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor.
Francisco did not say what drew the federal officers' attention to the vehicle.
A K-9 narcotics detection dog was deployed to search the SUV, and the ca