YUMA, AZ â€“ Blythe Station Border Patrol agents assigned to an immigration checkpoint on Highway 78 north of Yuma, arrested a woman on suspicion of drug smuggling after finding nearly 90 pounds of methamphetamine in her vehicle.Â The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release.
Agents referred the driver, a 31-year-old woman who is a U.S. citizen who was traveling with two children, for a secondary inspection of her 2006 Honda Pilot after a narcotics-detection canine alerted, said the release.
According to the news release, agents conducting the inspection found 83 packages of meth, worth more than $267,000, hidden under the vehicleâ€™s rear seat. Border Patrol agents seized the vehicle and drugs after arresting the woman on suspicion of narcotics smuggling. Agents turned the case over to the Drug Enforcement Administrationâ€™s Imperial County office who arrived on scene with a Child Protective Services representative. The two children were turned over to CPS and DEA took custody of the methamphetamine, vehicle andÂ driver, according to reports.