YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Integrated Targeting Team in Blythe, California, stopped a vehicle shortly after midnight Monday and arrested a wanted felon in possession of a loaded handgun and drugs.
When agents conducted an immigration and criminal check on the male driver of a Chevrolet Malibu, records identified him as a 26-year-old U.S. citizen and convicted felon wanted for a parole violation out of Madera, California. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents found a loaded .45-caliber handgun, small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine, and more than $7,000 in cash.
Agents later turned the man over to the Blythe Police Department, along with the vehicle and other items seized.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers may remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.