Woman busted with 24.6 lbs of meth by Border Patrol

SALTON CITY, Calif. - A woman was arrested Monday after Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station discovered 24.6 lbs. of methamphetamine hidden in the dashboard of her minivan.

Agents said the 47-year-old woman was stopped at about 5:50 a.m. when she pulled up to the Highway 86 checkpoint in a 1995 Plymouth Voyager.

Agents inspected the van after a canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. During their search, agents found 17 small packages of meth hidden inside the dashboard.

The methamphetamine weighed 24.6 pounds and is worth an estimated $159,900, according to the Border Patrol's release.

The suspect is a United States citizen. She was taken into custody and the drugs and the minivan were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.

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