An Oklahoma City woman allegedly began using a breast pump to distract a state trooper from searching her vehicle during a Carson County traffic stop that netted 15 pounds of methamphetamine, according to court records filed Thursday.
Federal authorities in Amarillo charged Elda Deyanira Delfin, 37, and Diego Delfin-Esquivel, 27, of Oklahoma City with drug trafficking conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a 2015 Kia Sorento SUV on Interstate 40 on a traffic violation of an improperly placed or obscured license plate, according to court records.
The trooper then talked to Delfin-Esquivel, the driver, and Delfin, a passenger, about their trip through the area, and both appeared nervous and gave conflicting information about their travels.
“During the traffic stop, Delfin started to pump breast milk from her breasts in what (the trooper) believed what an attempt to distract him from searching the interior of the vehicle,” according to court records.
Delfin then told the trooper she could not stop pumping once she started. Because of Delfin’s actions, the trooper thought Delfin was trying to hide something inside the SUV.
The trooper asked Delfin-Esquivel to search the SUV and he agreed, according to the affidavit. During the search, the trooper found nine bundles of methamphetamine in the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Six of the bundles were in a box by Delfin’s feet and three more bundles were found under the passenger’s seat where Delfin was sitting, according to a court affidavit.
Delfin and Delfin-Esquivel agreed to be interviewed by investigators. Delfin said she traveled with Delfin-Esquivel, her husband, to Phoenix to attend a funeral of one of her husband’s relatives, but she said she did not know the person’s name or gender. Delfin stated her husband dropped her off at the Phoenix funeral home and left her for about 45 minutes.
Delfin-Esquivel stated he never dropped his wife off at a funeral home, but said they drove to an apartment complex where he met a person in the parking lot who gave him the methamphetamine. Delfin-Esquivel later said he placed the methamphetamine under his wife’s feet, but claimed she did not know the drugs were there.
Delfin also said she had just given birth and that the child was in the intensive care unit at an Oklahoma City hospital.
During the investigation, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent interviewed another unidentified person who said Delfin-Esquivel was a methamphetamine dealer, that his wife was aware of his drug trafficking and that the couple had made several trips on short notice to unknown locations.
The pair made a brief court appearance Thursday in Amarillo’s U.S. District Court and will remain in custody pending further hearings in the case. Child Protective Services also took custody of a 3-year-old child who was in the vehicle, a DPS spokesman said.