Nearly $1.4 million in drugs seized at I-5 rest stop

Published on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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An attempted vehicle stop by U.S. Border Patrol agents ended with the seizure of $1.4 million in drugs but no driver.

Agents stopped a car on March 25 at the mile marker 275 on-ramp to I-5 south of Blaine, but the vehicle sped away when an agent approached on foot. Agents found the vehicle abandoned a short time later in a nearby rest area off I-5.

Two large bags containing packages of tablets and a white powdery substance were discovered in the vehicle. The powder weighed over 77 pounds and field-tested positive for methamphetamines with an estimated value of $386,470. There were 61,395 tablets which field-tested positive for an opium alkaloid, valued at $1,009,232.