YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Blythe Station arrested two U.S. citizens after finding 41 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a spare tire in their vehicle at the Highway 95 immigration checkpoint Tuesday night.
Agents referred a Nissan Versa to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area following a canine alert at approximately 11:30 p.m. While in secondary, a search of the vehicle revealed a spare tire in the trunk that was unusually heavy. Agents inspected the tire and discovered 40 cellophane-wrapped packages that contained methamphetamine inside. The methamphetamine has an estimated value of more than $100,000.
Agents arrested the vehicle occupants, a male and female, and seized the narcotics and vehicle.
Drug smugglers are driven by the high profitability of the drug trade and will go to any length necessary, including using concealment tactics such as this, to accomplish their goals.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.