Indio, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized more than $700,000 of methamphetamine at the Highway 86 Border Patrol Checkpoint near Indio on August 24.
The incident occurred during early morning hours, after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a
gray, Ford F-150 pickup truck. Border Patrol agents referred the driver to secondary for further inspection and observed several anomalies. Agents discovered five packages of methamphetamine inside the vehicle's gas tank. The illegal narcotic weighed 22.9 pounds and has an estimated street value of $732,800.
The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the driver, a 63-year-old male, United States Citizen, the vehicle and narcotics.
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