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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.

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5 Comments to “Meth found in car gas tank”

    Esco said:
    April 1, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    All that work for nothing, ha ha..

    Monoxide said:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Stupid tweekers, when will they learn?

    Pat Bateman said:
    April 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Like when they age booze in special barrels to put favors in it….
    Ahhh… This meth has a hint of nutmeg, a playful splash of drain cleaner, and a charming bouquet of arco unleaded supreme. Oh look, another tooth fell out!

    Guest said:
    April 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Meth is probably cheaper than gas these days. Downside is pieces of the grill will start to fall out and the paint will start chipping really soon.

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