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NILAND — El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 111 immigration checkpoint arrested a woman suspected of smuggling narcotics Friday, May 15.

According to the USBP release, 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 containing a white crystal-like substance inside. The release said 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.

According to the release, the woman — a United States citizen — the narcotics, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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