Border agents found seven packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 53 pounds in a vehicle trying to cross into the U.S. on Saturday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a news release.
A 40-year-old man driving a Hyundai SUV was trying to enter from Canada at the Pacific Highway crossing and told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers he and a 33-year-old male passenger were visiting the country for pleasure.
An officer referred the vehicle for further inspection and found the meth in a hidden compartment through non-intrusive inspection technology, officials said.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle and Homeland Security Investigations special agents arrested the man, who was not identified – the identity of the man’s passenger also was not released.
The Blaine Border Enforcement Security Task Force is investigating. The case was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle.