Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized two vehicles, several bundles of marijuana and arrested two drug smugglers Monday in two separate incidents in Blythe.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station stopped a 2010 Nissan Rogue just after midnight on Monday morning. During the stop, a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the rear of the vehicle, indicating the likely presence of hidden persons or narcotics. Agents discovered five large plastic-wrapped bundles stuffed with marijuana in the rear of the vehicle.
Later that morning, Blythe Border Patrol agents stopped another vehicle, a 1997 Toyota Tercel in Earp, Calif. After the driver offered several misleading and contradictory statements to the agents, a Border Patrol canine team was called. The canine team alerted to the vehicle, and a subsequent search revealed several bundles of marijuana hidden beneath the vehicle's carpeting.
In all, Blythe Border Patrol agents seized 170 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $136,000. The vehicles were seized by the Border Patrol, and the smugglers and marijuana were turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office.
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.