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US border agents seize remote control car used to transport meth

(U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Photo)

PHOENIX – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Nogales seized a remote control toy car that was used to pull meth across the United States-Mexico border on Tuesday morning.

Agents observed a rope coming through the border fence near the Nogales Port of Entry around 5 a.m., authorities said.

As they approached the location, a silver SUV fled the area at a high rate of speed.

Agents discovered a severed rope with 52 small package of suspected drugs atached to it.

Moments later, another agent located the SUV abandoned in a nearby parking lot with the engine still running. Agents found more rope as well as a remote control car they suspect was used to guide the rope and drugs through the fence.

The packages, which tested positive for characteristics of methamphetamine, weighed more than 58 pounds and had an estimated street value of $116,000.

The SUV, remote control toy car and drugs were seized but no arrests were made.

Earlier this month, U.S. Border agents seized record amount of methamphetamine at the Port of Nogales. The 800 pound seizure was the largest methamphetamine load in Arizona’s port history.

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