YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 20 pounds of heroin and a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a 19-year-old San Luis, Arizona, man Saturday afternoon.
Agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, east of Yuma, referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Jeep Cherokee after a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from the vehicle. During the search, agents found multiple packages of the narcotics, worth more than $400,000 combined.
Agents placed the male, U.S. Citizens under arrest, seized the drugs and vehicle for processing in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.
“The hard work and unwavering dedication of every man and woman in Yuma Sector can’t be over appreciated,” said Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik. “Their vigilance, honor and duty have made the streets of our country safer through this seizure.”
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.