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WINTERHAVEN — More than $500,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint, a press statement read Wednesday.

An unidentified 55-year-old Mexican citizen who had valid immigration documents was arrested Tuesday in connection with the discovery of more than 16 pounds of the illegal drug found hidden in the engine compartment of a Ford Focus, the statement read.

The suspect was turned over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and the drug, the statement reported.,0,1481643.story

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