Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized several bundles of marijuana at the Highway 78 checkpoint south of Blythe, Calif. on Saturday.
At about 4 p.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station encountered a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle was referred for secondary inspection when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle.
In secondary, agents discovered a hidden compartment constructed out of welded metal inside the front driver's side tire. The hidden compartment contained six plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana. Agents checked the remaining three tires and found similar compartments.
Border Patrol agents seized a total of 24 bundles of marijuana with a combined weight of 102 pounds. The marijuana, with an estimated street value of $81,600, was turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff's Office along with the vehicle and driver.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol's toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.
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.