Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector seized more than 20 pounds of cocaine on Wednesday.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe station encountered a man driving white 2000 Ford F-250 at about 6:45 A.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 subject was referred to secondary where the K9 team alerted to a non-factory compartment located behind the airbag. A search of the compartment revealed 8 packages of cocaine hidden within.
The cocaine, which weighed a total of 20.794 pounds, had a street value of $665,408. This is the second large cocaine seizure for the Border Patrol in three days. On Monday agents seized over 23 pounds of cocaine at the Highway 98 checkpoint. The total street value of the seizures is $1,407,808. The subject and narcotics were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was 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.