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Agents seize more than $566K in cocaine
April 27, 2017
BLYTHE, Calif – On Friday, April 21, Border Patrol agents working near Blythe, California, seized more than 50 pounds of cocaine during a vehicle stop on a Nissan Sentra traveling west on Interstate 10 near the Neighbors Blvd exit.
After stopping the vehicle, agents conducted a follow-on search and found 22 packages containing more than $566,000 worth of cocaine.
Agents arrested the two occupants, both adult male Mexican citizens legally present in the U.S., and seized the drugs and vehicle for processing.
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