SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the San Ysidro Port of Entry discovered more than 120 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in water bottles destined for the United States.
According to CBP, the incident happened on Wednesday around 9 p.m. when a 36-year-old female driver was waiting in line to enter the U.S. After receiving a narcotics detector dog alert, CBP officers instructed the 2020 Ford Edge, to pull aside for further examination.
During the inspection, officers discovered 36 plastic water bottles from the back seat of the car, all of which tested positive for methamphetamine.
“This case is an example of the many apprehensions CBP officers intercept on a daily basis,” said CBP San Diego Director of Field Operations Anne Maricich. “CBP officers are vigilant at the border to stop those who attempt to enter the U.S. with contraband that ultimately harms our communities.”
CBP officers arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt and turned her over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations for further processing.
The driver was later transported and booked into the Western Region Detention Facility.
Officers seized the liquid methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $344,000, and the vehicle.