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Kennewick man busted with record amount of meth

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - A state trooper stopped a car for swerving in front of a semi truck, forcing the truck to slam on its brakes to avoid a crash.

The routine traffic stop landed one Kennewick man an eleven year conviction in federal prison.

Last February, Trooper Jeff Sharp said he was getting conflicting stories from the four people in the car.  So Xena, the State Patrol's drug sniffing dog was called in.  She hit on an air bag and when troopers pried open the compartment they found an eleven pound stash of meth.

"Street values can vary but clearly this probably close to a million dollar seizure," said Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion.

"When some inconsistencies were given for the reason of travel , length of stay , different indicators and questions had in the conversation with the driver we ended up doing a consent search on the vehicle," said Captain David Graham with the Minnesota State Patrol.

The methamphetamine epidemic across the country has changed a bit in many states like Minnesota and Washington since products to make meth are now kept behind the counter.  So now, much more of the illegal drug is coming in from other states.

Twenty-five-year-old Merced Guadalupe Bejar-Orta was convicted Monday of intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Bejar-Orta reportedly told police he had agreed to help another individual transport a large amount of methamphetamine to Minnesota.

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