SALTON CITY, Calif. – Wednesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested a suspected narcotics smuggler and seized more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within gas tank of a vehicle.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 41-year-old woman, driving a Silver 2002 Mazda MPV as she approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City.
The driver was referred to the secondary inspection area. During the secondary inspection a Canine Detection team alerted to the vehicle’s undercarriage. Agents conducted an inspection of the vehicle's gas tank and discovered 22 plastic sealed packages of methamphetamine concealed inside.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 24.91 pounds with an estimated street value of $286,465.
The woman, a Lawful Permanent Resident card holder, was taken into custody. The vehicle and methamphetamine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.