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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Veterans International Bridge in Texas intercepted a load of methamphetamine valued at approximately $1,975,322, hidden within a tan 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

The seizure took place on Saturday, Apr. 6, when a 18-year-old male Mexican citizen who resides in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, applied for entry into the United States. The man's vehicle was referred for further examination after a primary inspection.

With the aid of a non-intrusive inspection system and canine unit, officers discovered a total of 54 packages hidden within the vehicle. Officers removed the packages, which contained a total of 98.77 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.

The estimated street value of the narcotics from the seizure is approximately $1,975,322.

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Officers seized the narcotics along with the vehicle, arrested the driver and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.