Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station seized more than $100,000 worth of narcotics and arrested a drug smuggler at the checkpoint on Highway 78 on Saturday.
At about 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a white 1995 Ford Mustang pulled into the primary inspection area of the Highway 78 checkpoint south of Blythe. A Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle, indicating the likely presence of narcotics or people hidden inside.
Agents referred the vehicle for secondary inspection where they found 15 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana and two Tupperware containers full of methamphetamine. The driver, a lawfully admitted permanent resident, was arrested.
The packages of marijuana weighed a combined 33 pounds with an estimated street value of $26,760. The methamphetamines weighed 2.5 pounds and are valued at about $80,000.
The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.