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CBP agents seize more than $1M in meth, pot in 24 hours

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Posted at 4:10 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 19:10:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Border patrol agents seized more than $1 million in narcotics in a 24-hour period this week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers seized a total of 368 pounds of drugs from Thursday morning to Friday.

CBP said the first incident occurred Thursday at the Tecate Port of Entry when officers stopped a 24-year-old Mexican citizen after receiving an abnormal reading on vehicle density meter. Canines were brought in to inspect the vehicle and alerted agents to possible narcotics.

CBP officers recovered 63 packages containing 142 pounds of methamphetamine. The street value of the drugs is estimated at $482,000.

A second incident occurred at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and involved a 43-year-old Mexican citizen traveling with two minor children. Agents screened that vehicle with help from canines and discovered seven packages containing eight pounds of methamphetamine in the bottom of a child's car seat.

The estimated street value of that bust was $27,000.

"These seizures are reflective of the vigilance demonstrated by our officers and their committed to keeping drugs off our streets," said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.

During the same period Thursday and Friday, agents seized 191 pounds of methamphetamine and 27 pounds of marijuana hidden in various vehicles. The drugs were concealed in locations such as a fuel tank, spare tire, and quarter panels.