RCMP and Border services officers intercepted a large quantity of drugs at the Del Bonita border crossing during a routine check of a vehicle last Sunday and have charged a Calgary woman.

CBSA officers located 14.5 kg of suspected methamphetamine on January 31 after they noticed inconsistencies in the rocker panels of a sport utility vehicle.

Officers took the panels apart and found 14 packages of suspected methamphetamine.

“We verified the indicators by using the detector dog service, detector dog Comet, indicated on the vehicle that there was a presence of narcotics. We used an ion scanner, to use trace technology, to identify narcotics and we confirmed the indicators that the officers had found at Del Bonita,” said Superintendent Darryl Anderson from CBSA.  “A subsequent field identification test identified it as suspected methamphetamine."

A woman was arrested and turned over to RCMP along with the packages.

Season Truax, 40, of Calgary is charged with three counts: importation and possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and smuggling under the Customs Act.

Truax appeared in Lethbridge Provincial Courthouse on the charges on Friday.

“Albertans can be confident in the fact that our officers that are working the front-line at our borders are going to be diligent, they’re going to persevere, they have the technology and the tools and the resources to find deep concealment narcotics ,” said Anderson.

CBSA officials say this is the first significant seizure of the year for southern Alberta and the largest ever suspected methamphetamine seizure in at the history of the land border crossing in Alberta.