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      Mother, son accused of smuggling heroin & meth in spare tire

      Seized drugs // CBP Photo

      A mother and son are currently behind bars after being accused in a plot to smuggle several pounds of heroin and meth inside the spare tire of their car.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) arrested Melanie and Christopher Brandt on federal drug charges on Sunday.

      Court records show that the two were arrested in connection to smuggling more than nine pounds of methamphetamine and five pounds of heroin in a spare tire.

      According to CBP, Christopher drove a 2012 silver Chevrolet, belonging to his mother, with the drugs hidden in a spare tire.

      Authorities took Christopher into custody at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge after the drugs were found.

      Christopher TMs mother, Melanie was entering the United States through the pedestrian lane, but approached CBP officers when she noticed her son was taken into custody.

      Both the mother and son reportedly told officers that they knew that illegal drugs were hidden inside the spare tire of the truck.

      According to court documents obtained by Action 4 News, Melanie knew the drugs were inside her truck, but decided to enter the U.S. through the pedestrian lane because she has smuggled drugs across the border before.

      CBP stated that Christopher said the pair would have been paid between $4,000 to $5,000 for smuggling the meth and heroin.

      The mother and son duo remain behind bars at this time.