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Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth from Gas Tank

Release Date: 
August 25, 2015

Two smuggling schemes stopped two hours apart

JAMUL, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents in East County San Diego intercepted a man who had 30 bundles of methamphetamine stashed inside the gas tank of his Toyota Camry on Saturday.  This seizure was remarkably similar to one that happened that same day, two hours later, near San Clemente.

A 23-year-old man had 30 bundles of meth hidden inside his car’s gas tank.

A 23-year-old man had 30 bundles of meth hidden inside his car’s gas tank.

At approximately 8 a.m., Border Patrol agents at the State Route 94 checkpoint referred a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen to secondary inspection.  A  K-9 sniff of the man’s 1998 Camry sedan resulted in a positive alert.  Agents searched the car and discovered 30 packages of meth stuffed inside the vehicle’s gas tank.

The 30 packages weighed 72.03 pounds and have an estimated street value of $720,300.  Two hours after this incident, Border Patrol agents at the San Clemente checkpoint on I-5 found 75 pounds of meth stashed inside the gas tank of a Silverado truck.  Both men in both incidents were turned over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Toyota Camry was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

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