A 20-year-old woman is being held in the Jackson County Jail on over $500,000 bail after local and federal police say they caught her smuggling about 3 pounds of methamphetamine through the Rogue Valley inside a fire extinguisher Monday.
Police reported Maria De Jesus Beltran-Leon, 20, no address given, is held in the jail on charges of unlawful delivery and possession of a controlled substance, with bail set at $510,000.
Officials from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement — MADGE — Team, received a tip about Beltran-Leon's whereabouts, directing police to a public bus passing through Phoenix. The agency received assistance from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations. Police said they found Beltran-Leon on the bus with the fire extinguisher and arrested her after finding the drugs inside the fire extinguisher.
Calls to MADGE were not immediately returned. We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.
— Ryan Pfeil