SALTON CITY, Calif. - Border Patrol agents arrested a woman who was caught with 15.5 lbs of methamphetamine in an ice cooler Thursday morning.
The 49-year-old suspect was stopped around 9:30 a.m. as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint in her Buick Regal.
A canine detection team alerted agents to her car which led to a secondary inspection. While searching the Buick, agents found six vacuum-sealed packages of meth hidden within the liner of an ice cooler, according to a release.
Agents said the methamphetamine weighed 15.5 lbs and is worth an estimated $297,600.
The suspected narcotics smuggler is a United States citizen. She was taken into custody and her car and the drugs were turned over to the D.E.A. for further investigation.