Liquid meth hidden in water bottles can’t fool drug-sniffing dog

Thirty-six water bottles containing liquid methamphetamine
Customs and Border Protection officers found 36 water bottles, seen here, in the back seat of a car waiting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in San Ysidro on Wednesday night. The clear fluid inside was not water, but liquid methamphetamine, the agency said.
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They looked innocent enough, those couple dozen water bottles in the back seat of a car crossing into the United States from Mexico. But they didn’t fool a drug-sniffing dog.

Turns out the clear fluid was actually liquid methamphetamine — some 120 pounds of it inside 36 clear plastic water bottles, Customs and Border Protection officials said in a news release Friday.

According to the agency, about 9 p.m. Wednesday, a 36-year-old woman was in line at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, waiting to cross the border in a 2020 Ford Edge.


The dog got a hit indicating the possible presence of narcotics, so customs officers targeted the car for a closer look and made the find. All the bottles tested positive for methamphetamine, the agency said.

Customs officers arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, on suspicion of attempted drug smuggling. They also seized the narcotics, which the agency said had an estimated street value of $344,000.

Figueroa writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.