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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – This was not how the drug sting was supposed to go down.

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A suspected drug trafficker in California fled with nearly 60 pounds of methamphetamine during an undercover sting operation on Wednesday, the Riverside Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office is now trying to recover the narcotics, the Thursday news release stated.

Special Investigation Bureau deputies set up the sale to identify traffickers, The Press-Enterprise reported. The undercover agents met with a suspect at 4 p.m. PDT to sell him 27 kilograms (59.5248 pounds) of meth, according to the newspaper.

“After the transaction, the suspect drove away and deputies from the Gang Task Force attempted a vehicle stop. The suspect failed to yield, and a pursuit was initiated,” the news release stated. “Due to the high speeds and the suspect’s disregard for public safety, deputies lost sight of the vehicle.”

The sheriff’s office did not disclose where the attempted sting took place or what steps it is taking to recover the narcotics, the Press-Enterprise reported. No new information was available on Friday, sheriff’s office spokesperson Deirdre Vickers told the newspaper.