Drug dog alerts meth concealed in dog food bags

Woman was arrested during traffic stop

FRESNO, Calif. - A drug dog alerted officials on meth concealed in dog food bags.

America Alejandra Quintana, 26, a Mexican national, was brought to Fresno on Tuesday to face a charge of methamphetamine trafficking.

On Jan. 3, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging her with possession with intent to distribute meth.

According to court documents, on Dec. 10, 2012, Quintana possessed meth with intent to distribute it.

When Quintana was stopped for a traffic violation in Madera County, a drug detection dog alerted to dog food bags.

Inside the bags were 52 plastic bags each containing about one pound of methamphetamine. Quintana was arrested on state charges, which were dropped after the federal indictment.

She entered a plea of not guilty. Her next court date is Feb.19.

If convicted, Quintana faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. 

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