PINE VALLEY (AP) – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of methamphetamine from an SUV at a highway checkpoint in southeastern San Diego County this week.

A dog alerted to the vehicle Monday at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley and agents found the meth in 42 bundles concealed in the rear quarter panels, the agency said.

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The Border Patrol said the estimated street value of the meth was $98,505.

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The driver, only identified as a 22-year-old woman who is a U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the narcotics.

San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have seized more than 1,956 pounds of methamphetamine since Oct. 1, 2019, the agency said.

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