SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Federal officers staffing San Ysidro Port of Entry arrested a 56-year-old San Diego resident Thursday after he allegedly drove a 78-pound load of methamphetamine into the country from Mexico.
The man entered the government inspection station behind the wheel of a brown Chevrolet Malibu about 12:30 a.m., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection public affairs.
In a secondary search area, agents checking over the vehicle with help from a service dog found 57 packages of methamphetamine hidden underneath its floor.
The driver was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and transported to Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego to await arraignment on drug-smuggling charges. His name was withheld.
Customs personnel seized the narcotics, which had an estimated street value of about $1.56 million, and impounded the suspect's car.
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