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Border Patrol Canine Team Seizes $139K in Meth at Checkpoint

Release Date
Tue, 06/23/2020

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 seized 47 packages of methamphetamine in an attempted drug smuggling event Saturday.

Agents seized a load of meth, after a CBP canine detected it inside of a load vehicle
Agents seized a load of meth, after a
CBP canine detected it inside of a
load vehicle.

At approximately 11 a.m., Wellton Station agents assigned to the checkpoint encountered a red Chrysler minivan with a single occupant. After a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle, agents conducted a secondary inspection and discovered 47 packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the rear seats and one of the rear quarter panels. The narcotics weighed more than 60 pounds with an estimated street value of $139,000. Additionally, over $2,000 was found in an envelope in the factory compartment under the front passenger seat.

The male driver, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested for controlled substance violations. The vehicle, narcotics, and cash were seized.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life. 

 

Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021