Methsicles? Dog intercepts drug shipment disguised as ice pops, Border Patrol says

A cooler filled with plastic bags of what seemed to be brightly colored ice pops didn’t slip past a Border Patrol dog Sunday at a California checkpoint, the agency says.

The dog alerted agents to an odor coming from a Toyota Corolla containing the cooler at the Blythe, California, checkpoint on Highway 78, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection release says.

Agents searched the car and found 9.21 pounds of methamphetamine disguised as ice pops in the cooler, the release says. The drugs had a street value of $20,000-plus.

Agents arrested a 38-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, according to the release. One is a U.S. citizen and the other a legal permanent resident. The agency did not release their names.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.