Border Patrol agents arrested a man in Salton City after they found liquid methamphetamine in his gas tank, authorities said.
Rene Elizalde, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was driving on Highway 86 shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday when he approached Border Patrol authorities at an inspection booth, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
A K-9 alerted agents to the vehicle, a large Ford F-250 pickup, Border Patrol said.
After the dog targeted the passenger side of the vehicle, agents inspected the interior of the truck’s gas tanks using a fiber-scope camera.
“In one of the gas tanks, agents saw a liquid that did not look like gasoline,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. A test revealed the tank contained methamphetamine.
Authorities determined Elizalde was carrying 75 pounds of liquid methamphetamine, which would sell on the street for nearly $200,000, according to Border Patrol officials.
The man, his truck and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is investigating.