SALTON CITY â€“Â El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling at the Highway 86 checkpoint today after they discovered packages of methamphetamine hidden in his vehicleâ€™s gas tank.
The incident occurred at approximately 7 a.m., after a 23-year-old man approached the checkpoint driving a 1999 gray Toyota Camry.
A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.Â Agents referred the man to secondary for a closer examination.Â After an intensive search agents discovered 24 cylindrical shaped packages of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicleâ€™s gas tank.
The methamphetamine had a combined weight of 29.16 pounds with an estimated street value of $291,600.
â€œThis seizure is a testament to the vigilance and hard work of the men and women of the El Centro Sector Border Patrol in protecting our community and our nation,â€ said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Roy D. Villareal.
The man, a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident, the vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.