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Border Patrol: Kids found in drug-laden vehicle

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19.7 pounds of cocaine found hidden in vehicle's doors. 19.7 pounds of cocaine found hidden in vehicle's doors.
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Two children were found in a drug-laden vehicle trying to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S., the Border Patrol said.

Ruth Angelica Torres Torres, 27, of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, was driving her 3-year-old kids and 19 pounds of cocaine from Juarez to El Paso on Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier said.

CBP officers were performing a sweep of a vehicle waiting in line when their drug-sniffing dog "Ceasar" alerted to the vehicle, Maier said. 

When officers scanned the vehicle, they received high readings consistent with hidden contraband, according to Maier. 

Officers continued their exam and discovered black bundles hidden in the doors of the vehicle. The contents of the packages tested positive for cocaine, Maier said. 

The woman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

She is currently being held without bond at the El Paso County Jail. 

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