Meth found in gas tank

Meth found in gas tank

SALTON CITY, Calif. – A man was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents after they found methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank of the car he was driving.

Agents say the man drove up the Highway 86 checkpoint near the Salton Sea and was alerted to by a K-9 team.

The man was sent to secondary inspection where agents found 25 packages of meth inside the fuel tank of the 1999 F-150 truck he was driving.

The total meth seized weighed more than 28 pounds and could have sold on the streets for about $281,200, according to agents.

The 27-year-old Mexican citizen, the vehicle and drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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