Border Agents Find 22 Pounds of Heroin in Truck Engine
Border Patrol agents at the Wellton Checkpoint on Interstate 8 had a pickup truck roll through yesterday, which -- upon initial inspection -- drew the attention of a drug dog searching the vehicle.
On the dog's hunch, agents ordered the driver of the truck to submit to further inspection.
Agents dissected the truck and found several packages full of black tar heroin hidden in the engine.
Agents say the 22 pounds of heroin has an estimated street value of about $1.7 million. The drug cartels won't see any of that money because the heroin was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency, where it will likely be destroyed.
The driver of the truck was also turned over to the DEA.