32 pounds of meth seized at Arizona border

Associated PressTue Dec 18, 2012 9:40 PM

SAN LUIS -- A Mexican woman has been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle nearly a half-million dollars worth of methamphetamine into southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection official identified the suspect as 38-year-old Amy Jean Diaz of San Luis, Mexico.

They say CBP officers at the Port of San Luis in Arizona referred her van for an additional inspection Monday.

After a narcotics detection dog alerted to the presence of drugs, authorities say a further search led to the discovery of 32 pounds of methamphetamine in 30 packages hidden throughout the vehicle.

They say the meth had an estimated value of $494,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Diaz was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Authorities didn’t immediately know Tuesday if Diaz had legal representation yet.