YUMA, Ariz. – Blythe Station agents working at the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint arrested two United States citizens for the transportation of 17 pounds of suspected fentanyl Tuesday.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., a Border Patrol canine assigned to the primary inspection lane alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from a silver 2013 Dodge Journey. Agents referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area and discovered seven packages of suspected fentanyl in the rear floor factory compartment. The suspected fentanyl had an approximate weight of 17.48 pounds.
The driver, a 29-year-old United States citizen from Tolleson, Arizona, has a previous conviction for the transportation of 22 pounds of cocaine. The female passenger was a 32-year-old United States citizen. The driver will be charged with the transportation of a controlled substance.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.