YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a U.S. citizen from Phoenix after he attempted to smuggle multiple packages of methamphetamine Friday afternoon.
At approximately 12:27 p.m., Wellton Station agents referred a silver 2004 Jeep Liberty to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered numerous packages of methamphetamine in the right and left quarter panels, as well as the natural void behind the top brake light. The narcotics have an approximate weight of 34.03 pounds and an estimated street value of $78,269.
The driver, a 54-year-old U.S. citizen from Phoenix, was arrested for the transportation of a controlled substance.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.