SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities have arrested a Mexican police officer they say had 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) of methamphetamine in his car.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says deputies stopped a car for vehicle code violations on Tuesday on the Interstate 5 freeway between Orange and San Diego counties.
The department says the driver seemed extremely nervous.
Authorities say 41-year-old Miguel Patron of Ensenada produced identification showing him wearing a badge and identifying him as a police officer.
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When his car was searched, a drug-detecting dog located a hidden compartment. The Sheriff’s Department says inside were packages of meth.
Patron was arrested and was being held on $200,000 bail. It wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney.