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More Than $1 Million in Cocaine Seized at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
August 3, 2010

Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than $1 million worth of cocaine at the Border Patrol checkpoint located on Highway 95, north of Yuma on Monday.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station seized 43 pounds of cocaine valued at nearly $1.4 million. Jose Jhonathon Rivera of Somerton, Ariz. was arrested for possession of cocaine after a canine team alerted to his vehicle as it passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 95 north of Yuma.

Hidden Compartment of Vehicle used to smuggle Cocaine

Cocaine Seized at Blythe Checkpoint

The canine team alerted to the vehicle as it passed through the pre-primary inspection area and Rivera was instructed to pull into the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint. After conducting a canine sniff of the interior and exterior of the vehicle, the canine alerted to the rear passenger area which lead to the discovery of a hidden compartment under the rear seat.

Eighteen bundles of cocaine weighing 43 pounds were retrieved from the compartment. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be $1,375,680.

River, his vehicle and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for processing.

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