Meth found hidden in Jeep's engine at border checkpoint

Posted at 1:01 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 16:01:19-05

NILAND, Calif. — El Centro Border Patrol agents announced the seizure of 43 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a Jeep's engine compartment at the Highway 111 checkpoint Monday morning. 

A canine detection unit alerted agents after a 54-year-old man driving a 2010 Jeep Compass approached primary inspection at about 10:20 a.m. 

Forty-five packages of meth, weighing 42.62 pounds, were eventually found and identified in the engine's firewall compartment. 

The estimated street value of the narcotics is $170,468. 

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

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @10NewsSandy