Border Patrol agents in Yuma, Arizona discovered $178,000 in methamphetamine inside a woman's Ford Explorer on Dec. 5. The suspect mother had her 9-year-old daughter in the vehicle too.
Agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint referred a Ford Explorer to the secondary inspection area where a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect.
Agents searched the vehicle and found 52 cellophane-wrapped packages under the rocker panel. The substance inside tested positive for methamphetamine. The narcotics weighed 59.18 pounds and were valued at $177,540.
The 28-year-old female driver, a U.S. citizen, was traveling with her nine-year-old daughter. The driver was arrested on drug smuggling charges, and her daughter was turned over to Child Protective Services.