YUMA, ARIZ.—Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Blythe Station seized approximately 25 pounds of cocaine and arrested a U.S. citizen suspected of smuggling yesterday morning at a checkpoint near Quartzite, Ariz.
Agents working the Highway 95 checkpoint at mile marker 76 referred a white pickup truck for a secondary inspection after agents observed suspicious behavior by the driver. After receiving consent to search the vehicle, agents found 10 individually wrapped packages of cocaine concealed in the backseat of the vehicle.
The narcotics, worth more than $228,600, and driver were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized per Yuma Sector guidelines.
Checkpoints play a vital role in the Border Patrol's ability to restrict routes of egress from border areas. By impacting smugglers' ability to transport contraband deeper into the United States, Border Patrol agents have made significant progress toward establishing a secure and safe border environment while improving the quality of life for Arizona's communities.
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.