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Border agents seize 200 pounds of ‘liquid meth’ hidden in tractor fuel tank: ‘Traffickers will try anything’

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized nearly 200 pounds of liquid methamphetamine concealed in the fuel tank of a tractor, the agency announced.

Border agents in Otay Mesa, California, say a 25-year-old male driving a tractor-trailer arrived at a CBP commercial facility seeking entry on Aug. 7. The officer who first encountered the man flagged the vehicle for a deeper inspection.

“CBP officers conducted a thorough hands-on inspection. While inspecting the fuel tank of the tractor CBP officers noticed a liquid substance in the tank begin to crystalize. The substance was tested by CBP officers and identified as liquid methamphetamine,” the CBP said in a statement.

“CBP officers removed the liquid methamphetamine from the fuel tank of the tractor. The narcotics were placed in six five-gallon buckets with a total weight of 195.33 pounds. The estimated street value of the drug shipment is $221,500,” the statement continued.

Drug and human trafficking remains a major issue at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has seen a massive surge in illegal crossings since President Biden took office in 2021.

Anders Hagstrom is a reporter with Fox News Digital covering national politics and major breaking news events. Send tips to Anders.Hagstrom@Fox.com, or on Twitter: @Hagstrom_Anders.

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