A 22-year-old man was arrested by Border patrol agents after they found nearly $200,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine stashed in the gas tank of a Ford F-250.
A K9 team alerted agents to the truck on Sunday morning at the Highway 86 checkpoint. During an inspection, agents used a fiberscope camera to look in the truck’s two gas tanks – one of which was found to be holding a substance that did not appear to be gas.
Agents tested the substance, which tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine, according to press release.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials said the meth weighed 75 pounds and had estimated street value of $198,750.
Rene Elizalde, the driver of the vehicle and a U.S. citizen, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
“Liquid methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous form of the narcotic and thankfully our agents were able to prevent it from advancing further into the United States,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “Our communities are much safer with these drugs off our streets.”