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Border Patrol Discovers Methamphetamine inside Car’s Frame

Release Date: 
October 19, 2015

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a man at the Highway 86 checkpoint suspected of drug smuggling after agents discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the frame of his vehicle on Saturday.

More than 25 pounds of meth was packed inside a car frame.

More than 25 pounds of meth was packed inside a car frame.

The incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m., after a 21-year-old man approached the checkpoint driving a 2010 Nissan Altima.

A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.  Agents referred the man to secondary for a closer examination.  After an intensive search agents discovered 22 cylindrical shaped packages of methamphetamine stuffed inside the car’s frame near the rear wheel well.

The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 25.3 pounds with an estimated street value of $253,000.

The man, a United States Citizen, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

In fiscal year 2014, El Centro Sector seized more than 445 pounds of methamphetamine.

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February 9, 2017