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California Border Patrol agents discover meth hidden inside gas tank and engine compartment

February 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
California Border Patrol agents discover meth hidden inside gas tank and engine compartment Courtesy of CBP

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Border Patrol agents in southern California seized almost 50 pounds of meth in the gas tank of a drug trafficker’s vehicle.

Agents working at the Highway 86 checkpoint in the El Centro Sector noticed a Ford Fusion approach their position just after 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The agents conducted a secondary inspection for a routine check. During the examination, a K-9 officer signaled to the presence of drugs on the undercarriage of the car, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.

Officers performed a more comprehensive search of the vehicle revealed 30 packages of drugs, which tested positive for meth and were hidden in the fuel tank of the Ford.

The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old American, was taken into custody and turned over to the DEA for possible prosecution on drug trafficking charges.

Border Patrol agents discovered the meth concealed inside the gas tank of a Toyota

The drugs weighed 43.46 pounds and were estimated to have a value of $173,840.

A second drug trafficking apprehension was made by El Centro Border Patrol agents just a few days prior. At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, agents witness a black 2010 Toyota Camry drive up to the same checkpoint. The vehicle driven by a 21-year-old U.S. citizen who was with three young children, ranging in ages from 6- to 10-years-old. A K-9 agent signaled to the possible presence of drugs in the car.

Officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection station where they located 24 bundles of drugs wrapped in plastic in hidden sections on the floor of the vehicle. The drugs tested positive for cocaine and estimated the 56.54 pounds of cocaine to have a street value of $678,480.

The drugs and the vehicle were seized, and the suspect was turned over to DEA agents.

“Drug smuggling organizations will go to no ends to affirm their criminal intent,” David S. Kim, the El Centro Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, announced in a statement. “I commend our agents for the hard work and dedication to keep communities safe.”

Agents discovered 45 pounds of meth concealed in a car’s engine compartment

Since the beginning of the fiscal year 2017, agents working at the El Centro Sector have seized over 317 pounds of meth.El Centro officers have also busted four deported sex offenders during this same period.

According to Breitbart Texas, El Centro officers have also busted four deported sex offenders during this same period.

“These two arrests highlight the importance of knowing who is coming into the U.S.,” Kim said at the time. “The two sex offenders our Agents arrested took advantage of and preyed on minors. Our agents shield our communities and our country from threats like this every day.”

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