Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth Hidden in Spare Tire
NILAND, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 111 immigration checkpoint arrested a woman suspected of smuggling narcotics Friday afternoon.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m., when a 33-year-old woman driving a silver 2007 BMW sedan approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle in the primary inspection lane. Agents directed the vehicle to enter the secondary inspection area for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents searched the trunk of the vehicle and discovered nine plastic wrapped bundles concealed inside of the spare tire that contained a white crystal like substance inside. The substance tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the methamphetamine discovered was approximately 9.2 pounds with an estimated value of $17,480.
The woman, a United States citizen, the narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.