TECATE, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Tecate port of entry Thursday afternoon discovered almost 15 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in three bottles of anti-freeze.
On March 20, at about 2:30 p.m., a 24-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a 1990 GMC minivan entered the Tecate port of entry for inspection. The CBP officer noticed the driver was nervous and referred him and the vehicle for a more in-depth investigation.
A CBP officer searched the vehicle and found a one-gallon bottle of anti-freeze. The officer noticed anomalies with the liquid inside the bottle and field-tested it; the liquid field-tested positive for methamphetamine. The officer continued to search the vehicle and found an additional two plastic containers, with a liquid that also field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
CBP officers extracted almost 15 pounds of liquid methamphetamine valued at approximately $146,000.
The driver was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.