Woman arrested after Border Patrol finds 12.5 lbs. of meth

SALTON CITY, Calif. - A suspected narcotics smuggler was arrested Saturday  after Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station found several bundles of methamphetamine hidden in her SUV.

According to a release, the 36-year-old woman was stopped around 8:20 p.m. at the Highway 86 checkpoint.

A secondary inspection was ordered after a canine detection team alerted agents to her Chrysler Pacifica. While searching the SUV, agents said they found five bundles of meth hidden under the rear seat.

The methamphetamine weighed 12.5 lbs. and had an estimated street value of $81,250, according to Border Patrol release.

Agents said the suspected smuggler is a United States citizen and she was taken into custody Saturday night. The drugs and her SUV were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.

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