YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station intercepted yet another spare tire methamphetamine smuggling attempt through the Highway 95 immigration checkpoint on Monday, their second within a week.
Agents referred a rented Jeep Grand Cherokee to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area for further inspection at approximately 3:30 p.m. A canine alerted to the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed 50 packages of methamphetamine concealed in a spare tire in the rear cargo area. The methamphetamine, valued at more than $132,000, weighed more than 53 pounds.
Agents arrested the U.S. citizen driver and seized the narcotics and vehicle.
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.