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Half-million worth of meth, coke seized at U.S.-Mexico border east of San Diego

June 29, 2010 |  6:00 pm

Picture 1A man trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in a truck packed with cocaine, methamphetamine and ammunition has been arrested, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended the 30-year-old Mexican citizen Saturday at the Calexico border crossing in Imperial County, the Department of Homeland Security said.

The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche allegedly contained 13 packages of cocaine weighing 33 pounds, 20 packages of methamphetamine weighing 30 pounds and 20 rounds of ammunition. The drugs, valued at $579,000, were hidden in compartments built into the rear fender of the vehicle, according to federal authorities.

Officers noticed that the truck had been possibly altered and ordered the driver to a secondary inspection area, where a drug-sniffing dog found the stash, authorities said.

The driver's name was not released. He was turned over to federal immigration authorities.

-- Robert J Lopez

Photo: Drugs pulled from hidden compartments. Credit: Department of Homeland Security