K-9 Thwarts Smuggling Attempt – Alerts to Liquid-Meth Drip Under Truck
Photo: Border Patrol K-9
SALTON CITY – The wonders of Science and how substances behave was at the fore when the USBP K-9 team stepped in to alert of an unusual seepage under the carriage of a US Citizen’s truck. United States Border Patrol (USBP) broke the news on 10/04/2021 that the Highway 86 checkpoint was the scene of K-9 signaling substance-in-action at 7:30 AM on
09/30/2021 as a a white 2007 Chevy Silverado was referred aside for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
The California Border Patrol (CBP) El Centro Sector agent, who was checking vehicles, flagged the anonymous male driver (37). Once the vehicle pulled over at the immigration checkpoint, an immediate response took place from the Border Patrol K-9 detection team.
While zeroing-in on the under carriage of the vehicle, USBP K-9 action specifically alerted to the rear fuel tank. Further inspection “utilizing a fiber-optic scope discovered what appeared to be a white slimy substance,” said USBP.
As agents proceeded to examine the substance – “moments later the slimy substance began to turn white and crystallize.” The formation of crystals gave way to proving the consistency of liquid methamphetamine contents in the truck’s fuel tank.
A test of the slimy and crystallizing substances proved positive for methamphetamine. “Due to its liquid form,” said CBP, “the value of the drugs is unknown at this time.”
The smuggling-attempt driver caught with liquid methamphetamine, the truck, and the illegal narcotics were later turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).