Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector seized more than 23 pounds of cocaine and more than four pounds of methamphetamines on Monday in two separate incidents.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe station encountered two men driving white 2004 Ford F-150's within two hours of each other, the first at approximately 10:15 a.m. and the second at approximately 12:00 p.m., at the Highway 98 checkpoint, north of Yuma. A cursory sniff by a K9 team alerted to the odor of narcotics or hidden persons within the vehicles.
The subjects were referred to secondary where the K9 team alerted to the undercarriages of the vehicles. An examination of the undercarriages revealed the oil pans had been tampered with. Agents removed the oil pans from the vehicles and discovered a total of 12 packages of cocaine and methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane and tape.
The cocaine weighed a total of 23.2 pounds and had a street value of $742,400. The methamphetamine weighed 4.4 pounds and had a street value of $105,600. The subjects and narcotics were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicles were seized by the United States Border Patrol.
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.