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Border Patrol Agents Find $750K of Meth Inside Pickup Truck's Gas Tank

Release Date: 
August 24, 2015

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 5 intercepted a man who had 38 bundles of methamphetamine stashed inside the gas tank of his vehicle on Saturday.

Agents find bundles of meth inside a pickup truck's gas tank.

Agents find bundles of meth inside a pickup truck's gas tank.

At approximately 10 a.m., Border Patrol agents referred a 39-year-old male driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado to secondary inspection while at the San Clemente checkpoint.  A K-9 sniff of the Mexican national’s truck resulted in a positive alert.  Agents searched the truck and discovered dozens of bundles stuffed inside the vehicle’s gas tank.

The 38 bundles weighed 75.22 pounds and have an estimated street value of $752,200.

Agents arrested the man and turned him, his Silverado, and the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last fiscal year, the San Diego Sector intercepted 1,797 pounds of methamphetamine, which was an increase of 43.7 percent from the prior year.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017