SAN DIEGO (CNS) - This one gives the phrase "drug bust" new meaning.
Federal agents staffing San Ysidro Port of Entry over the weekend caught a woman trying to sneak nearly a pound and a half of methamphetamine into the United States inside her bra, authorities reported.
The would-be smuggler, a 22-year-old Mexican citizen, entered the inspection station on foot about 5 p.m., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection public affairs.
Noticing "discrepancies under the woman's clothing near her chest," officers referred her for a secondary inspection, according to a CBP statement.
They then found six plastic packages hidden in the woman's brassiere, containing a combined quantity of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of about $29,000.
In an unrelated case earlier in the day, agents at Otay Mesa Port of Entry arrested a man for allegedly trying to bring about 4 1/2 pounds of the same type of narcotic into the United States by hiding it in the lining of a motorcycle helmet.
The head protector being used by the 23-year-old U.S. citizen, who rode into the customs facility on a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle about 9:15 a.m., seemed unusually heavy, prompting agents to inspect it with an X-ray, officials said.
CBP personnel seized the drugs from both arrestees and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who brought them to Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego for booking on smuggling charges.
The suspects' names were not released.
A teenage boy riding unrestrained and with no seat in the back of a Jeep was thrown from the SUV and killed when the vehicle crashed into another vehicle in Alpine, police said Tuesday.
North County residents continued returning to their homes Monday as firefighters have reached 90 percent containment on a wildfire that scorched 4,100 acres between Fallbrook and Oceanside.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed says that Mayor Edwin Lee has died. He was 65.
Residents in Nestor on Monday said they will continue to fight to keep a halfway house out of their neighborhood.
Arson investigators Monday sought to determine who is responsible for a series of intentionally set Ocean Beach alley fires that damaged a home, several vehicles, a wooden fence and a tree.
A Santee man shot and killed his estranged wife, then killed himself inside a Grantville home where his wife was staying with her sister and brother-in-law and their two young children, police said Monday.
In the immediate aftermath of the Lilac Fire, Bonsall residents were not sure what burned down and what was saved.
Some North County residents on Monday were allowed to return to their home as fire officials lifted mandatory evacuation orders for the Lilac Fire.
Methane and volatile chemicals such as benzene have been discovered underground at a yet-to-be completed Otay Ranch project that is marketed as one of the largest planned housing developments in the U.S.