U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma, Ariz., sector seized approximately 22 pounds of black tar heroin from inside a truck engine on Sunday, according to the agency.

Agents also arrested a suspected smuggler during the bust.

Border Patrol agents at the Wellton station checkpoint on Interstate 8 referred a suspicious vehicle to secondary inspection following a cursory inspection by a K-9 team.

The vehicle, a green Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab, was occupied by a male Mexican national, who was arrested. Further investigation revealed several packages of black tar heroin inside the engine's manifold.

The heroin carries an estimated street value of $1.79 million. Agents turned it over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the vehicle and driver.

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