Border Patrol seizes more than $1.1 million in drugs hidden in car at California-Mexico crossing

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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized over $1.1 million worth of narcotics hidden in the panels of a car driving into California from Mexico, the agency said.

Federal officers stopped a 43-year-old man entering the US from Mexico at the Otay Mesa port-of-entry on June 16 after drugs were detected by a CBP human and narcotic detector dog, according to a news release Thursday.

The man was driving a 2011 Lincoln MKZ containing about 89 pounds of narcotics, which included fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine concealed in packages hidden throughout the car's "quarter panels, rear bumper, firewall, and rocker panels," CBP said.

The driver of the vehicle was "turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations," CBP said.

"CBP officers are the front-line of stopping these types of dangerous drugs from entering into the U.S.," said Anne Maricich, CBP deputy director of field operations in San Diego. "I am proud of our officers, and as a result of their keen awareness and collaborative efforts, these narcotics will not reach our communities."

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