The secret space under the pickup’s bed where the narcotics were found. Courtesy CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 112 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $369,000 found in a specially altered pickup at San Ysidro.

At 6:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers stopped a 24-year-old U.S. citizen crossing the border in a Nissan Frontier.

Officers were alerted by a drug-sniffing dog that was being used to screen vehicles as they waited for inspection. The pickup was then examined by imaging equipment, which picked up anomalies in the vehicle’s bed. Underneath the bed were 68 packages of drugs.

The driver was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security agents.

“CBP’s canine team is a vital tool in our efforts to secure our nation’s borders,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego. “CBP officers are the first line of defense and this apprehension ensures that these drugs will not plague our local communities.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.