YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate-8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a lawfully admitted permanent resident, commonly known as a “green card” holder, yesterday afternoon after she attempted to smuggle methamphetamine with her seven-year-old son in the vehicle.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Wellton Station agents sent a white 2006 Pontiac Torrent to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine positively alerted to the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded 41.71 pounds of methamphetamine in a false compartment located in the rear cargo area. The methamphetamine has an approximate value of $125,130.
The female driver, a 24-year-old Mexican national, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute. Her son, a United States Citizen, was turned over to Child Protective Services.
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.