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More Than $47K Worth of Meth Found Under Vehicle's Seats

More than $47,000 worth of methamphetamine was found under a vehicle's seats at a checkpoint in El Centro, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed.

Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle around 6:45 p.m. at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint after a canine alerted them.

During a secondary inspection, agents found seven packages of narcotics hidden under the driver and passenger seats--weighing approximately 13.48 pounds.

The narcotics tested positive for methamphetamine, CBP said. Their combined street value is $47,180.

The 31-year-old driver, a legal resident of the U.S., was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency, along with the vehicle and the drugs.

According to CBP, the El Centro Sector has seized more than 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine since the fiscal year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016.

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