TULSA - A woman flying into Tulsa International Airport was busted Monday for trafficking drugs after officers found several pounds of crystal meth in her luggage.
Twenty-three-year-old Tania Elizalde, of Glendale, Ariz., was booked into the Tulsa County Jail for aggravated trafficking. She's being held on $25,000 bond.
According to the police report, officers received information Elizalde may have had drugs in her luggage when she arrived at TIA.
A canine officer "alerted" on her bag, indicating there may be drugs inside. Police say two plain clothes officers approached Elizalde, explaining the canine officer's alert on her suitcase and Elizalde gave the officers permission to search her luggage.
According to the police report, the officers found approximately seven pounds of crystal methamphetamine in the suitcase lining.
A field test indicated the substance was positive for methamphetamine.
"That's a great bust for us. That keeps that methamphetamine from coming into the City of Tulsa and being distributed, so we are obviously very happy to assist the DEA and get that drug off the street, said Tulsa police officer Jillian Roberson.
Roberson said because this is a DEA investigation, police cannot give many details about the woman or her background.
The Phoenix airport where Elizalde is believed to have boarded had no comment.
A TSA spokesperson said the TSA's responsibility is to screen for explosives and weapons, not drugs.
According to TSA's written policy on drugs, "TSA officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs; however, if an item is found that may violate federal law during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to law enforcement."
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