SALTON CITY, Calif. - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City arrested a 21-year-old woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine on Thursday.
Agents said the woman pulled up to the checkpoint at about 4:45 p.m. in a Nissan Sentra. A canine alerted agents to her car for secondary inspection.
Authorities said they found 35 packages of methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane hidden under the front and rear floor mats of the vehicle. The meth weighed 43.87 pounds and agents said it's estimated to be worth $175,480 on the street.
Border Patrol said the woman is from the United States and the DEA is now investigating the incident.