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CBP Border Patrol Arrests Sureno 13 Gang Member; Seizes Meth, Marijuana

Release Date: 
December 22, 2011

Yuma, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents seized approximately 17 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 pounds of marijuana and arrested a Sureno 13 gang member in two separate incidents yesterday.

CBP arrests Sureno 13 gang member, seizes Jeep Grand Cherokee and marijuana valued at $11,000.

CBP arrests Sureno 13 gang member, seizes Jeep Grand Cherokee and marijuana valued at $11,000.

Blythe agents working a checkpoint on Highway 95 referred a black Lincoln Navigator for secondary inspection following a positive canine team alert. The driver, a lawfully-admitted permanent resident, consented to a search of the vehicle. In the engine compartment, agents found 22 wrapped packages containing methamphetamine with a total weight of 17 pounds and an estimated value of $263,035. The narcotics, suspect and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In a separate incident at the same checkpoint, agents referred a black Jeep Grand Cherokee for secondary inspection following a positive canine team alert. After the driver, a U.S. citizen, consented to a search of the vehicle, agents found 12 packages of marijuana weighing 22 pounds concealed in the gas tank. The driver admitted to being a Sureno 13 gang member after agents noticed numerous tattoos on his hands and arms. The suspect, vehicle and marijuana, with an approximate street value of $11,000, were turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017