Customs officers working the border checkpoint in El Paso, Texas, found nearly $4 million of liquid methamphetamine hidden inside a pickup truck's gas tank last Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday afternoon.
While processing vehicles trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico, CBP's Field Operations officers stopped a 1989 Chevrolet 1500 truck at the Paso del Norte international crossing.
During a standard search of the truck and other vehicles attempting to enter the U.S., a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the smell of narcotics coming from the truck.
Law enforcement officers found 164.5 pounds of liquid meth in six containers that had been hidden inside the gas tank. The meth is worth an estimated $3,948,000 on the street.
“Smugglers spent considerable time and effort to conceal this liquid meth load,” CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good said in a statement. “This seizure proves again that smugglers will use any available space in a vehicle to hide their contraband.”
The driver, an unnamed 37-year-old Mexican man, was arrested and will be charged for attempting drug smuggling.