ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE)- Border Patrol agents have seized more than $850,000 of methamphetamine at a checkpoint north of El Paso on Wednesday night.
Authorities report that during a routine inspection, agents stopped a gray Saturn Vue and during a search that the driver consented to, a Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the possible presence of narcotics. During an additional search using x-ray technology, agents discovered anomalies in the rear panels of the car.
Seventeen bundles that contained 25-pounds of meth wrapped in clear cellophane and tin foil were found. The seizure is estimated to be worth more than $850,000.
The driver and narcotics have since been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. The driver has since been identified as 22-year-old Dennis Talamantes of El Paso, Texas.
Talamantes made an appearance in federal court in Las Cruces on October 18 and is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
He faces from 10-years to life in prison if convicted.