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Border Patrol agents in California last week discovered $60,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden inside child booster seats.
Agents assigned to the Newton Azrak Border Patrol Station conducted a vehicle stop on Interstate 15 just north of the station checkpoint last Wednesday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the vehicle was occupied by two adults and their two children. A Border Patrol K9 team was dispatched and alerted the agents to the possibility of narcotics.
Inside the children’s three booster seats, agents discovered several packages containing a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
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The driver, a U.S. citizen, was found in possession of nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $60,000.
The agents turned over the driver and the narcotics to the Inland Crackdown Allied Taskforce for prosecution. Border Patrol seized the vehicle, and the mother and children were released.
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“Our agents continue to work around the clock to protect our communities,” Aaron M. Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent at the San Diego Sector said in a statement. “Drug smugglers will use any means necessary to get their poison onto our streets. Nothing is sacred to them, not even family.”