Yuma, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents seized approximately 17 pounds of black tar heroin and arrested two suspected smugglers, both U.S. citizens, yesterday morning at a checkpoint near Quartzite.
Blythe agents working the checkpoint at mile marker 76 on Highway 95 referred a black pickup truck for secondary inspection following a positive canine team alert. During a search of the vehicle, agents found 10 wrapped packages of black tar heroin, with an estimated value of $230,384, concealed inside a speaker box. The narcotics, the driver and passenger, and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.