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Pregnant woman has labor pains during Border Patrol drug smuggling bust

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 21:09:19-04

SALTON CITY, Calif. (KGTV)--Border Patrol agents said a pregnant woman they suspected of smuggling methamphetamine at a checkpoint in Imperial County was treated for labor pains Thursday.

Agents said a canine team at the Highway 86 checkpoint alerted them to the black Ford Focus sedan driven by a 26-year-old man with a pregnant female passenger.

A secondary investigation revealed 50 packages of cocaine in hidden compartments in the floor of the sedan, according to the Border Patrol.

The drugs had a street value of $170,464 and weighed more than 53 pounds, agents said.

Border Patrol investigators said the man was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the 23-year-old woman was taken to a medical facility.