Wellton, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Wellton seized nearly 50 pounds of cocaine yesterday.
At about 11 a.m. yesterday, a black minivan with two female occupants approached the checkpoint. During inspection of the subjects' immigration status, a canine team alerted to the driver's side of the vehicle.
Agents continued their investigation and discovered 20 bundles of cocaine hidden under the plastic quarter panel behind the driver's seat. The cocaine has a total weight of 49.8 pounds and has an estimated street value of more than $1.5 million.
The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the cocaine and the occupants of the vehicle, a U.S. citizen and a citizen of Mexico with a valid Border Crossing Card. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.