A car tire had methamphetamine in it during a drug smuggling attempt on December 20, 2021 in Indio, CA. Two United States citizens were arrested.
At approximately 12:00 a.m., Border Patrol agents encountered a silver 2013 Volkswagen Passat and conducted a vehicle stop on Interstate 10.
A Border Patrol K-9 detection team assisted in the vehicle stop. The K-9 alerted agents to the trunk of the vehicle. During an inspection of the trunk agents identified a spare tire that was unusually heavier in weight than a standard spare tire for that vehicle.
Further inspection of the tire revealed nine packages of a white crystallized substance concealed inside; a type of concealment method consistent with narcotic smuggling. The driver, passenger, vehicle, and narcotics were transported to the Indio Station to be processed accordingly.
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The contents of the nine packages tested positive for methamphetamine. The 26-year-old male driver and 53-year-old female passenger were in possession of 45.7 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $82,260.