Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma sector seized approximately 22 pounds of black tar heroin and arrested one suspected smuggler Sunday.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton station checkpoint on Interstate 8 referred a suspicious vehicle to secondary inspection following a cursory inspection by a canine team. The vehicle, a green Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab, was occupied by one male Mexican national. Further investigation revealed several packages of black tar heroin located inside the engine's manifold.
The heroin, with an estimated street value of $1,792,000, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and driver.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol's toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.
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.