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Border Patrol - Meth Bust Worth $162K


Last updated 9/9/2017 at 4:05pm

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 3:00 p.m., when a 26-year-old man driving a grey 2011 Honda Accord approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the vehicle.

At secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents closely examined the vehicle and discovered 10 packages hidden in the driver and passenger's rocker panels compartments.

Agents examined the contents of the packages, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

The total weight of the methamphetamine was 46.25 pounds with an estimated street value of $161,875.

Border Patrol agents identified the man as a lawfully admitted permanent resident. Agents turned the man over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the vehicle and narcotics for further investigation.

Since fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, El Centro Sector has seized more than 1,447.36 pounds of methamphetamine.

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