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San Diego CBP Officers Find Cache of Hard Narcotics in Gas Tank Valued at $900,000

Release Date: 
August 27, 2013

OTAY MESA, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry on Sunday discovered 33 pounds of methamphetamine, almost 11 pounds of cocaine, almost six pounds of brown heroin, and two and half pounds of white heroin in the gas tank of a truck, valued at about $900,000.

 

The gas tank was removed and officers found 31 packages of methamphetamine, four packages of cocaine, two packages of brown heroin, and one package of white heroin.

The gas tank was removed and officers found 31 packages of methamphetamine, four packages of cocaine, two packages of brown heroin, and one package of white heroin.

The seizure occurred on August 25, at about 12:30 p.m., when a CBP officer noticed discrepancies with the gas tank of a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The officer referred the driver, a 53-year-old male Mexican citizen, and the pickup for a more in-depth investigation.

Officers ran the truck through the port's imaging system, revealing anomalies with the gas tank area. The gas tank was removed and officers found 31 packages of methamphetamine, four packages of cocaine, two packages of brown heroin, and one package of white heroin.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotics.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017