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Border Patrol - Meth Found in Battery


Last updated 12/16/2016 at 8:38am

Nearly 5 lbs. of narcotics were stuffed inside this modified car battery.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man after they found heroin and methamphetamine inside his car's battery Monday afternoon Dec. 12.

At approximately 1p.m., a 27-year-old man approached the Border Patrol checkpoint in a black 2013 Dodge Charger.

During primary inspection, the man stated that he was a citizen of Mexico and presented a resident card to the agent. A Border Patrol detection canine team performed a sniff of the vehicle's exterior and the canine alerted to the vehicle. The agent sent the driver to secondary for further inspection.

While in secondary, agents conducted a full inspection of the vehicle and discovered a compartment inside the vehicle's battery which contained a smaller battery and three wrapped bundles. Two bundles were wrapped in clear plastic bags and the other one was wrapped in black electrical tape. The contents of the clear plastic bags tested positive for methamphetamine and the one wrapped in tape tested positive for heroin.

"Criminal organizations will go to great lengths in order to carry out their illegal activities," said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. "I commend our hard-working agents for their exemplary efforts in keeping these harmful drugs out of our communities."

The methamphetamine and heroin had a combined weight of 4.53 pounds and an estimated street value of $49,970.

The man, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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