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.
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.
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.