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Canine Detects Meth Hidden in Vehicle Headrest

Release Date: 
May 26, 2021

YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma Sector canine alerted to a vehicle in which one pound of methamphetamine was found hidden in a seat headrest Monday morning at the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., Blythe agents encountered a Nissan Pathfinder as it traversed through the California checkpoint. Agents referred the vehicle to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area following a canine alert.

During a search of the vehicle, agents discovered that one of the seat’s headrests had a plastic bag hidden inside that contained one pound of methamphetamine, worth approximately $1,800.  

Record checks were conducted on the three occupants who were all U.S. citizens from Blythe, California. Checks revealed the driver, a 34-year-old male, had an outstanding warrant out of El Centro, California, for a previous drug smuggling attempt five months earlier through the same checkpoint. He was turned over to local law enforcement for the warrant and will be charged for drug possession/transportation for sale.

The other two passengers in the vehicle, a 26-year-old male and 31-year-old female, also had extensive criminal history with charges related to drug possession and sales. One of them was cited in this incident and both were subsequently released.

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Last modified: 
May 26, 2021