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DACA Recipient Arrested For Smuggling Over $34,000 Worth Of Meth

A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient from Mexico was arrested at the California-Mexico border Tuesday morning after Border Patrol agents found an estimated $34,284 worth of methamphetamine in the trunk of his car.

The 22-year-old suspect was attempting to enter the U.S. at the El Centro Sector checkpoint in Salton City, Calif. when a Border Patrol canine detection team prompted agents to discover 14 vacuum-sealed packages in the trunk of the suspect’s vehicle, according to the CBP.

The packages, which totaled over 17 pounds, tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine, and have an estimated street value of more than $34,000.

“Every drug seizure our agents make is an important step forward to secure our streets from dangerous narcotics and dangerous people,” Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said.  “I commend our agents for the hard work and dedication in keeping our communities safe.” (RELATED: Illegal Immigrants Arrested In Oregon County’s Biggest-Ever Meth Bust)

The CBP reports that over $4.3 million worth of methamphetamine has been seized at the El Centro Sector checkpoint during the last fiscal year.