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Nearly half a ton of meth found inside truck at border

November 19, 2021 GMT

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — A truck driver was arrested after border officers discovered nearly half a ton of methamphetamine hidden inside a tractor-trailer that entered San Diego County from Mexico, authorities said.

A search was ordered after officers grew suspicious about one of the walls inside the trailer when the truck was stopped at the Calexico East Commercial Facility, 10 News in San Diego reported Thursday.

A K-9 team helped officers discover 30 wrapped packages of meth weighing more than 865 pounds (392 kilograms), according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $1.5 million, officials said.

The driver, a 27-year-old Mexican citizen, was arrested on suspicion of smuggling.