(CNN)Two men tried to hide methamphetamine worth more than $1 million in the gas tanks of two vehicles, but were thwarted by drug-sniffing dogs over the weekend, the U.S. Border Patrol said Monday.
Border Patrol dogs sniff out methamphetamine hidden in gas tanks
The two men were stopped hours apart at two checkpoints as they drove north through California. One was a 23-year-old American who was asked Saturday morning to pull to the side for further inspection at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint about 25 miles east of San Diego.
A K-9 zeroed in on the gas tank of the 1998 Camry the man was driving. Inside agents say they found 72 pounds of methamphetamine in 30 packets. The methamphetamine has a street value of $720,000, authorities said.
At another Border Patrol checkpoint an hour north of San Diego, agents discovered 75 pounds of methamphetamine worth $750,000 in the gas tank of a Chevy Silverado. CNN affiliate KSWB reported the driver is a 39-year-old Mexican citizen.
Authorities didn't release the identity of either man and didn't say the two cases were connected. They were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.