The jars found in the vicinity of the gas tank of a smuggler who tried to bring in the neighborhood of $4 million worth of meth in the US
(Customs and Border Protection)
A Mexican drug smuggler tried to bring almost $4 million of liquid meth in one of the busiest ports of entry in the country Friday, according to Customs and Border Protection.
The unidentified 37-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico, drove over the Paso del Norte in El Paso, Texas, about one o’clock in the afternoon. The smuggler drove through Juarez and the international bridge, in the hope to 164.5 pounds of liquid meth in the United States not to be noticed.
If the smuggler was waiting in line to cross the border, agents brought the drug sniffing dog “Joep” to search cars. The K9 alerted agents to the scent of narcotics in the neighbourhood of his gas tank.
After the inspection, agents found six five-gallon buckets filled with the drug.
“Smugglers spent a lot of time and effort to hide this liquid-meth charge,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This seizure proves once more that the smugglers will use all the available space in a car to hide their contraband.”
The Paso del Norte in El Paso, where millions of people cross into the United States each year.
False compartments are a common method used to hide the drugs, according to CBP. In addition to gas tanks, smugglers are also trying to use false compartments in the engine compartment and wheel wells. CBP agents to use dogs, with hand searches and x-ray machines to detect drugs hidden in false compartments.
The man was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
Cars line up at the Paso del Norte, waiting to be checked as they cross the border in the U.S.
Ray Bogan is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in El Paso, Texas. Follow him on twitter: @RayBogan