Flat Tire Leads to Pot Arrest

Once the driver pulled over for the flat, agents say they saw something suspicious

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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Agents released this photo showing the dismantling of a tire with steel cases wrapped around the wheel well.

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A woman was arrested for smuggling marijuana into the U.S. after a flat tire gave her away officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested the 24-year-old woman at the Interstate 5 checkpoint near San Clemente Tuesday.

Agents say the woman was driving a Nissan Xterra that had a flat tire.

As the driver pulled the SUV over to the side of the road, agents say they saw something bouncing inside the wheel of the tire.

Inside the vehicle’s four tires, agents found 24 bundles of marijuana in steel cases.

The marijuana weighed more than 140 pounds with an estimated value of more than $211,000 agents said.

The woman, identified by officials only as a U.S. citizen, is now in the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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