Contributed File Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection
SALTON CITY, CALIFORNIA – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a United States citizen accused of smuggling liquid methamphetamine through an immigration checkpoint Thursday, Sept. 30.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. when a white 2007 Chevrolet Silverado approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent checking vehicles in the lanes referred the vehicle aside for further investigation.
A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the undercarriage of the vehicle. Agents proceeded to inspect the rear fuel tank utilizing a fiber optic scope and discovered what appeared to be a white slimy substance. Moments later the slimy substance began to turn white and crystalize. This type of concealment and substance is consistent with liquid methamphetamine. The liquid contents inside the fuel tank tested positive for methamphetamine.
The driver, a 37-year-old male, was caught with liquid methamphetamine, due to its liquid form the value of the drugs is unknown at this time.
The individual, vehicle, and narcotics were later turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.