Border Patrol seizes nearly $1.4 million in drugs near Blaine

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BLAINE, Washington —

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Blaine seized nearly $1.4 million in drugs Sunday night from an abandoned vehicle that fled from agents during a traffic stop, the Border Patrol said.

The vehicle was stopped on the mile marker 275 on-ramp to Interstate 5 in Blaine and sped away when an agent approached it on foot. Officials found the vehicle abandoned at a rest area a short time later.

Two large bags were stuffed with 77 pounds of methamphetamine, estimated to be worth $386,470, and several packages of opium alkaloid tablets, estimated to be worth $1,009,232, the Border Patrol said.

The drugs and the vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration in Bellingham for further investigation.