CBP: Man tries to smuggle 77 pounds of methamphetamine inside gas tank

Posted at 4:46 PM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 20:10:00-05

SALTON CITY, Calif. (KGTV) – Border Patrol agents arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine inside his pickup’s gas tank Friday morning.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the incident happened around 11:40 a.m. at the Highway 86 checkpoint.

Agents say a Border Patrol K-9 was alerted to the driver’s side of the vehicle when the 66-year-old man approached the checkpoint.

After inspection, agents found more than 77 pounds of methamphetamine inside the gas tank.

The estimated street value of the drugs is more than $270,000.

The man, vehicle and narcotics were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation.