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Border Patrol agents seize over $270K worth of meth

A man was arrested Friday morning, accused of smuggling methamphetamine through the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City.

It happened at 11:40 a.m., when a 66-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a 2003 Chevy Silverado.

Before the driver reached the primary inspection area, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

During a secondary inspection, agents found 74 packages stuffed inside the pickup’s gas tank. The contents of the packages tested positive for characteristics of methamphetamine.

The total weight of the meth was 77.22 pounds with an estimated street value of $270,270.

The man, a naturalized citizen, the vehicle and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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