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Border Patrol Nov. 27- Discovers Meth in Pickup’s Gas Tank

Release Date: November 27, 2017, SALTON CITY, Calif., – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine inside his pickup’s gas tank on Friday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m., when a 66-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a 2003 Chevy Silverado. Before the driver reached the primary inspection area, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Agents referred the man to secondary inspection for a closer inspection of his pickup.
Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents found 74 packages stuffed inside the pickup’s gas tank. Agents tested the contents of the packages. That test indicated a positive for characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was 77.22 pounds with an estimated street value of $270,270.
Gas tanks are a common hiding place drug traffickers use to smuggle their narcotics.
The man, a naturalized citizen, the vehicle and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector has seized more than 197.54 pounds of methamphetamine.

Agents Arrest Man for Smuggling Meth, Fentanyl
TUCSON, Ariz., November 27, 2017 – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado found more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine and multiple fentanyl pills in a Nissan sedan following a canine’s alert on Nov. 22.
Agents referred the driver, an 18-year-old man from Nogales, Arizona, for a secondary inspection of the vehicle after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. As a result, agents found multiple packages of meth, worth in excess of $162,000, and more than half a pound of fentanyl valued at nearly $12,000.
Agents arrested the driver for narcotics smuggling and seized the sedan and its contents.
According to information posted on, Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid, prescribed for severe chronic pain, or breakthrough pain, to patients who are already receiving opioid medication. It is considered to be about 100 times more potent than morphine.

Border Patrol Arrests Convicted Sex Offender and MS-13 Gang Member
OCOTILLO, Calif., November 27, 2017 – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two potentially dangerous men, a previously deported sex offender and an MS-13 gang member, who illegally entered the United States Friday morning.
The first incident happened at approximately 5:15 a.m., when Border Patrol agents patrolling approximately 22 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry, encountered a man who was illegally present in the United States.
Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.
Agents conducted record checks which revealed that the man had a previous notice to appear from San Jose, CA for lewd acts with a child under 14.
The man a 44-year-old Mexican citizen, will be removed to his country of origin.
The second incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m., when Border Patrol agents patrolling 11 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry, encountered a man who had illegally entered the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.
After agents conducted record checks they were able to identify that the man had a previous record with affiliation to the MS-13 gang from Honduras.
The man was removed in 2010 and will be processed as a Reinstatement of previous removal.
The man, a 24-year-old Honduras citizen, will be removed to his country of origin.

Armed Mexican Smuggler Arrested near Gila Bend
TUCSON, Ariz., November 27, 2017 – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station seized a Dodge minivan and a handgun Sunday after identifying the driver and three passengers as Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.
Agents stopped the minivan on westbound Interstate 8, outside of Gila Bend, Arizona, Sunday afternoon to conduct an immigration inspection.  While questioning the occupants, agents determined all individuals were Mexican nationals who had entered the country illegally.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents discovered a 9mm pistol and ammunition, belonging to the driver.
In addition to seizing the vehicle and weapon, agents arrested the four occupants for immigration violations, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines. The driver will also be presented for prosecution and could face additional charges for his role in the smuggling attempt, as well as for illegal possession of a firearm.

Agents Arrest Illegal Alien Convicted of Rape
TUCSON, Ariz, November 27, 2017 – Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Station apprehended a 40-year-old Mexican man in the desert near Sasabe, Arizona, on Saturday afternoon for illegally entering the United States.
While processing Juan Sotelo-Carasco, agents conducted a records check and learned he was convicted and sentenced in 2016 for rape in Contra Costa County, California.
Sotelo is being held in federal custody pending prosecution for felony criminal immigration violations.


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