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Border Patrol Seizes Nearly 400 Pounds of Marijuana Stashed in Gas Tank

Release Date: 
December 15, 2009

Indio, Calif. - On Dec 15, 2009, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working the Highway 86 checkpoint seized nearly 400 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $300,000.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., a white colored pick-up truck approached the primary inspection area at the Highway 86 Border Patrol checkpoint. The pick-up was referred to the secondary inspection.

Packages of marijuana are found in the spare gas tank in the bed of a pick-up.

Packages of marijuana are found in the spare gas tank in the bed of a pick-up.

While in secondary, a Border Patrol canine team conducted a cursory inspection of the vehicle. The canine team alerted to the bed area of the pick-up. A physical search of the bed area of the pick-up revealed 64 bundles of marijuana. All 64 bundles were concealed inside an auxiliary gas tank located in the bed of the pick-up.

The driver of the pick-up, a legal permanent resident, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and marijuana.

According to El Centro Sector, Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon, "This is a testament of Border Patrol's effectiveness," he said. "It shows how our checkpoints are a valuable tool when it comes to establishing a second line of defense for stemming the flow of dangerous narcotics into our country."

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017