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Border Patrol Agents Seize Meth, Marijuana, Heroin

Release Date: 
August 16, 2012

Yuma, Ariz. - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized $104,300 worth of methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin during three incidents yesterday.

Agents located nearly 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle's air conditioning compressor near Quartzsite.

Agents located nearly 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle's air conditioning compressor near Quartzsite.

Blythe Station agents assigned to the Highway 95 checkpoint near Quartzsite referred a vehicle to secondary inspection where a canine team then alerted to the presence of drugs. Agents located nearly 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle's air conditioning compressor. The narcotics, valued at $20,800, and suspect, a U.S. Citizen, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Wellton Station agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Sector's forward operating base, found two makeshift backpacks filled with more than 100 pounds of marijuana while on patrol. After searching the surrounding area for suspects, the marijuana, worth $50,000, was seized for destruction.

Blythe Station agents assigned to the Highway 78 checkpoint referred a Chevrolet pick-up truck to secondary inspection after a canine team alert. The occupants consented to a search and agents discovered nearly 2.5 pounds of heroin taped to the passenger's body. The narcotics, valued at $33,500, and suspect were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Border Patrol has made significant progress in combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their ability to transport contraband deeper into the United States, and ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions. In Yuma Sector, the probability of being detected and facing consequences is higher than ever before.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017