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Police are investigating a woman who appears to have unknowingly smuggled more than 30 pounds of marijuana across the Mexican-American border.
A woman who works in San Diego but lives in Mexico is currently at the heart of a California narcotics investigation. The woman, 33, smuggled more than 30 pounds of marijuana into the country.
Driving to work on Friday at around 3 a.m., investigators say the woman arrived to work early and was sitting in her car when two men approached, according to NBC. The men began to remove packages from beneath the woman's car. They were "startled" to discover that the woman had not left the vehicle yet, however, and fled upon discovery, the report claims. The woman then called police.
Once officers arrived, they discovered six packages attached to the undercarriage of the woman's car. Combined, the packages contained over 30 pounds of marijuana, NBC reported. It appears that the woman "unknowingly" smuggled the drugs during her commute.
Officials said that no arrests have been made in what they deemed an "ongoing investigation." It is unclear who may be responsible for attaching the drugs to the car.
Police who arrested two suspects carrying the same amount of marijuana in Brooklyn last year estimated that the street valued of 30 pounds was about $200,000.
Officials have previously cautioned those who commute between the two countries to be cautious and check their vehicles before attempting to cross the border. Last year, Juan Andres, a student living in Mexico and attending the University of Texas at El Paso, served more than six months in prison after being charged with drug possession and the intent to distribute. Andres claimed he had no idea that there were drugs in the back of his trunk.
Andres' case was dismissed after a judge noticed a pattern. It appeared that members of the drug cartel were tracking cars, using their vehicle identification number to obtain key copies, and placing the drugs inside of the car trunks at night.
"It wasn't my fault; there was no way I could've avoided that," Andres told CNN last year.