A woman who authorities say was transporting 39 pounds of methamphetamine for distribution in San Jose was arrested Friday night by detectives from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Sung said that about 10 p.m., the woman was driving a 2001 PT Cruiser when she was stopped near highways 152 and 101 in Gilroy by officers from the sheriff’s California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team.
Officers found the drugs, which carry a street value of about $430,000, stashed in hidden compartments inside the PT Cruiser, Sung said.
A Santa Clara police K-9 unit and special agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration helped in locating the methamphetamine.
The driver, a 54-year-old woman from Tijuana, Mexico, was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of possession and transportation of methamphetamine for sale, as well as importing a controlled substance into the state.
The woman, whose name is not being released because of an ongoing investigation, is being held without bail.
Detectives alleged that the woman crossed the border from Mexico through the Otay Mesa service port early Friday afternoon in an attempt to distribute the drugs in San Jose.
The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any more information because the investigation is ongoing.
“We believe that the majority of the crimes being committed” in our county are drug-related, Sung said. “Specifically, methamphetamine is a huge contributing factor to many crimes.”