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Cocaine seized, murder suspect detained at US-Mexico border

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 15:59:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - More than $1 million in cocaine was seized and a man wanted in a murder investigation was detained at the San Ysidro Port of Entry this week, Customs and Border Protection officials announced Friday.

According to CBP officials, at about 2 a.m. on June 21, officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry searched a Ford Explorer attempting to enter the U.S. A canine team search led officers to a secret compartment in the SUV's floor.

Officers discovered 28 packages of cocaine -- with a street value of over $1 million -- inside. The driver, a 62-year-old male Mexican citizen and lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security.

Five hours later, Mexican authorities turned over 35-year-old Alan Machain, a U.S. citizen, to CBP officers. Using an identification system, officers confirmed that Machain was wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department on an outstanding felony warrant as part of an ongoing murder probe and he his bail was set at $2 million.