Methamphetamine found in car driven by Arizona woman

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A New Mexico State Police officer found 11.5 pounds of methamphetamine packed in the spare tire of a car whose driver told the officer she didn't know what the drug was.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 26-year-old Noelia Telenili of Gilbert, Arizona, allowed the officer to search the vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 on Monday after making several statements that made the officer suspicious.

According to a criminal complaint, Telenili denied knowing what methamphetamine is. She also reportedly told the officer she was going to Indiana to visit her mother but hadn't told her mother she was coming.

Telenili was booked into jail in Albuquerque in lieu of $15,000 bond. Online court records didn't indicate whether she has an attorney.

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