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Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $273K of Methamphetamine

Release Date: 
April 30, 2018

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate-8 and Highway 95 Immigration Checkpoints seized $272,940 worth of methamphetamine in two separate smuggling events over the weekend.

Officers discovered more than 50 pounds of meth within the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle
Officers discovered more than 50
pounds of meth within the spare tire of
a smuggling vehicle

At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Wellton Station agents sent a white 2009 Chevrolet Equinox to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine positively alerted to the vehicle. A thorough search of the vehicle yielded 40.78 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the roof. The narcotics have an approximate value of $122,340. The female driver, a 24-year-old United States citizen who claimed to be living in Mexico, was placed under arrest for possession and transport of illegal drugs.

In the second event at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, a Border Patrol canine alerted to a gray 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. Blythe Station agents searched the vehicle and discovered 50.2 pounds of methamphetamine in the spare tire. The narcotics have an approximate worth of $150,600. The driver, a 21-year-old male Mexican national with a valid Border Crossing card, was arrested for possession and transport of illegal drugs.

Last modified: 
May 1, 2018