Border Patrol makes large meth and cash seizure in Northern Maine

A photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol of seized drugs along with a statement on a large seizure of methamphetamine in northern Maine on Monday.

SHERMAN, MAINE – U.S. Border Patrol agents say they seized more than $29,000 in cash and a large quantity of methamphetamine this week as they conducted an immigration checkpoint along Interstate 95 in this town of less than a thousand people in northern Maine.

A statement from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says that the cash and drugs were found Monday, August 12th in a car abandoned by the highway near the checkpoint. Along with the cash, agents seize 146 grams of methamphetamine and 90 grams of an unidentified white powder.

Sherman is about forty miles southwest of Houlton and the Canadian border on the highway and ten miles to the east of Baxter State Park.

Several websites dedicated to informing the public list the value of some forms of methamphetamine as high as $80 per gram, which could peg the street value of just the meth seized by agents at over $10,000.

The statement from Border Patrol says the driver of the vehicle was not located and the incident remains under investigation.

Border Patrol agents in Maine have made several high profile immigration and drug arrests and seizures this summer, although the public focus has largely remained on the crisis at the United States’ southern border.

The ACLU and some liberal politicians have, in recent years, assailed Border Patrol agents for checkpoints such as the one that yielded this drug seizure.

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