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Border Patrol agents find $558K worth of cocaine, fentanyl hidden in car on I-15

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Border Patrol agents found more than 45 pounds of cocaine and fentanyl hidden inside a car Wednesday after stopping the driver on Interstate 15 in Escondido, an agency spokesman said.

An agent stopped a 2007 Toyota Camry around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on the North County freeway, Border Patrol spokesman Agent Fabian Carbajal said in a statement. While the car was stopped, the agent’s drug-sniffing dog zeroed in on and alerted agents to the possible presence of drugs.

Searching the car, agents found more than 41 pounds of cocaine and more than five pounds of fentanyl wrapped in 18 foil packages and hidden inside the front and rear seats, Carbajal said.

Authorities estimated the street value of the drugs to be about $558,000, according to Carbajal.

Agents arrested the Camry’s driver, a 49-year-old Mexican man with a visitor visa, and turned him over to the Drug Enforcement Agency, Carbajal said. Border Patrol agents seized the car.

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