Border agents find $3.7M worth of drugs in truck's gas tank

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  May 18, 2017 at 2:29 PM
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May 18 (UPI) -- Officers at Texas' Hidalgo International Bridge seized more than $3.7 million in liquid methamphetamine hidden inside a pickup truck, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

The agency said officers discovered the liquid meth -- weighing nearly 190 pounds and valued at $3,777,802 -- on Sunday, stored in the gas tank of the white 2008 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 20-year-old Houston woman.

CBP officers seized the narcotics, the vehicle and arrested the driver, who is in the custody of Homeland Security Investigations.

The agency said the woman attempted to drive into the United States but the truck was referred for additional security. A physical inspection of the car preceded an imaging inspection, which revealed the liquid meth.

Hidalgo International Bridge connects Texas and Mexico over the Rio Grande, just southeast of Laredo.

"Our CBP officers continue to keep our borders secure. This load of dangerous narcotics will not harm the lives of our citizens," CBP Port Director Severiano Solis said in a statement.

Earlier this month, CBP officials in Arizona said a woman attempting to cross the border from Mexico disguised $45,000 worth of heroin as her buttocks.

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