SALTON SEA — El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine Wednesday, November 4, according to a press release.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., when a man driving a burgundy Buick sedan approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle as it waited in the traffic lane. Agents directed the vehicle aside for further investigation.
During their inspection, agents discovered 66 vacuum-sealed packages of suspected narcotics hidden inside of fuel tank. The substance inside of 64 packages tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine with the other two packages testing positive for fentanyl and heroin. Agents arrested the driver and held him for further processing.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 83.53 pounds with an estimated value of $187,942. The weight of the fentanyl was 1.65 pounds with an estimated value of $18,870, and the weight of the heroin was 1.49 pounds with an estimated value of $19,040.
El Centro Sector turned over the driver — a 61-year-old United States citizen — the vehicle, and the narcotics to US Drug Enforcement Administration.