By SDCN Editor
Indio, CA–El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at Highway 86 U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling narcotics Monday afternoon.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. when a 21-year-old man driving a blue SUV approached the checkpoint. At the primary inspection point a K-9 detection team trained to detect concealed people and narcotics alerted to the vehicle. Agents sent the vehicle to a secondary inspection for further investigation.
While in secondary inspection, Border Patrol agents inspected the gas tank and noticed anomalies. Agents discovered a suspicious crystallized liquid inside the tank. Subsequent testing of the liquid confirmed the presence of methamphetamine.
Border Patrol agents safely extracted a total of 218 pounds of liquid methamphetamine with an estimated value of $328,000.
The driver, drugs, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation and processing.