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Man arrested after Border Patrol finds meth stashed in car battery

A man suspected of smuggling over six pounds of methamphetamine in his car’s battery was arrested by Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station Wednesday morning.

Agents said the 27-year-old U.S. citizen was stopped in his 2002 Nissan Sentra as he was approaching the Highway 86 checkpoint around 10:50 a.m.

A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the front of the car. Agents began a secondary inspection and found two packages of meth stuffed inside the battery housing, according to officials.

Agents said the methamphetamine weighed 6.2 lbs. and it’s estimated to cost $62,000 on the street.

The suspect and narcotics were turned over to the D.E.A. as the investigation continues.

KESQ News Team

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