Drugs worth $900K found in gas tank

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SAN DIEGO – An estimated value of $900,000 worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were found in a pickup truck’s gas tank at the Otay Mesa port of entry over the weekend, authorities said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed “discrepancies” with the 1995 Ford F-150’s gas tank around 12:30 p.m. Sunday and sent the truck and its driver, a 53-year-old Mexican man, for a more in-depth screening, officials with the CBP said Monday.

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Officials did not explain the discrepancies, but an imaging system helped officers find 33 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 11 pounds of cocaine, about six pounds of brown heroin and two and a half pounds of white heroin hidden in the gas tank, according to the CBP.

The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested and taken to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The drugs and truck were seized by the CBP, authorities said.

2 comments

  • Curtis Ohl

    WHY are drug busts always reported in dollar amounts and not reported by the size or quantity! Do we want to ever read 4 million dollars of highly enriched uranium was recovered! An estimated value of $900,000 worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were found in a pickup truck’s gas tank at the Otay Mesa port of entry over the weekend, authorities said.

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