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Million Dollar Heroin Seizure at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
August 20, 2010

Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector seized more than $1 million dollars in heroin at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 95, north of Yuma on Thursday.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe station encountered an 18-year-old woman driving a convertible at the primary inspection area of the checkpoint. A canine team conducted a cursory inspection and alerted to the vehicle. Agents investigated and discovered a false compartment in the vehicle that contained 11 bundles of heroin.

The 11 bundles of heroin, with a combined weight of 30 pounds, have an estimated street value of $1,024,500. The heroin, the subject and the vehicle were all 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017