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Campo border agents discover nearly 60 pounds of meth in gas tank

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Posted at 1:42 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 16:42:56-04

CAMPO, Calif. (KGTV) — Border Patrol agents this week discovered several packages of narcotics stuffed inside a vehicle's gas tank at an East County checkpoint.

The agents stopped the vehicle at a Campo border checkpoint at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. During initial questioning, a K-9 officer inspecting the vehicle alerted agents to a possible narcotics.

As the K-9 officer further inspected the vehicle, the canine directed agents toward the vehicle's gas tank. Agents say they discovered 53 cellophane packages floating in the gas tank, containing about 58.6 pounds of methamphetamine worth $134,780.

The driver, a 47-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested and the narcotics were turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration.

As of Wednesday, Border Patrol officials say they seized more than 2,000 pounds of meth worth more than $4.6 million.