Border Patrol drugs on car

AGENTS FOUND 31 packages of meth in a car's gas tank. 

CAMPO — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman Friday, July 12, who had 31 packages of methamphetamine concealed inside her vehicle’s gas tank, according to a recent USBP press release.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint on westbound Interstate 8 observed a red Honda Accord approach the checkpoint around 8:20 a.m. After an initial questioning of the driver, the agent sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further examination, the report said.

According to the release, while in secondary, a K-9 performed a sniff of the vehicle, resulting in an alert near the driver's side quarter-panel and rear bumper. Agents searched and discovered 31 plastic wrapped bundles concealed inside the gas tank. The bundles contained 41.79 pounds of methamphetamine, which are valued at $96,117. 

The driver, a 39-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest, per the report. The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

In fiscal year 2019, the release said that the San Diego Sector has seized approximately 2,631 pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $6,052,841.

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