Meth found in car gas tank

SAN DIEGO – A 27-year-old man was behind bars Monday after allegedly getting caught smuggling an 18-pound haul of methamphetamine through the East County highlands in the gas tank of his car.

USBP agents find weapons and meth in car.

USBP agents find weapons and meth in car.

The suspect drove a 2001 Chrysler sedan into a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 in the Pine Valley area on Sunday, according to USBP public affairs.

During a search of the car, a service dog alerted officers to an access panel underneath the rear passenger seat. The hatch opened into the fuel tank, which contained 19 packages of meth with a combined estimated street value of $371,000.

The driver, a U.S. citizen whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of narcotics trafficking. The Border Patrol impounded the vehicle and turned over the seized drugs to the county Sheriff’s Department.