Border agents find $2.7M of meth inside fake fire extinguishers

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 2:18pm

Edinburg, TX (KSAT) -- U.S. Border Patrol agents saved a man's life and seized millions in meth that was found inside fake fire extinguishers over the weekend.

Authorities said the man, who entered the country illegally from Honduras, was rescued after he was bitten by a snake and called 911 Saturday. A dispatcher informed agents that a man was in distress and provided them with GPS coordinates.

Agents and a helicopter responded and found the man near Roma. He was taken to a hospital in McAllen for further treatment.

Unrelated to the rescue, a large methamphetamine seizure was made Friday at the Falfurrias checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North.

Authorities said the bust occurred when a border patrol K-9 alerted to a pickup truck during an immigration inspection.

Agents conducted a thorough search of the vehicle and found nearly 86 pounds of meth inside four fire extinguishers inside the truck's toolbox. CBP officials said the meth has an estimated value of more than $2.7 million.

In addition to the meth seized over the weekend, authorities said agents made several marijuana seizures that totaled more than 5,000 pounds with an estimated value of of more than $4 million.

The largest marijuana seizure was made in Roma when agents got a tip from a concerned citizen about a stash house Friday. Agents, along with officers from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force, searched the house and found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana inside, according to CBP officials.

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