Tempe PD: Mom caught transporting meth and heroin with kids in car

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-17 16:58:17-04

BUCKEYE, AZ — An El Mirage mom was caught transporting meth and heroin with her infant and child in her car.

On August 11, Tempe police investigators received information that 26-year-old Marissa Pasillas Perez was transporting illegal drugs from Mexico to Arizona in a red, Ford Focus.

Perez was spotted and pulled over on I-10 near Miller Road in Buckeye, police say. A K-9 drug dog reportedly found 40 pounds of meth and four pounds of heroin hidden in the car. The value of the drugs is reported to $100,000, according to investigators.

Court records show that inside the car with Perez was her infant and 9-year-old son.

Police say Perez told them she went to Mexico to visit her children's father, and he took possession of the car for several hours. She allegedly told police that she was unaware illegal drugs were hidden in the vehicle.

However, police say, she admitted to transporting drugs into the U.S. one time in the past.

Perez has been charged with multiple drug-related offenses.