SALTON CITY  El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested two men suspected of smuggling narcotics Sunday afternoon, according to a USBP press release.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:55 p.m., when a 25-year-old man driving a blue Chevrolet Silverado approached the checkpoint along with an 18-year-old male passenger. A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle.  Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation, per the report.   

While in secondary inspection, the release said Border Patrol agents discovered that there was methamphetamine in liquid form mixed in with the fuel of the vehicle.  Agents tested a murky substance within the fuel tank, which was consistent with the characteristics of methamphetamine.

“This seizure highlights the importance of our checkpoints. It also speaks to the outstanding work that Border Patrol agents do on a daily basis to keep our country safe and protect communities,” said Gloria I. Chavez Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector in the release.

The total weight and value of the narcotics is unknown until lab results are concluded, the report said. The two men, both United States citizens, the narcotics and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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