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Wellton BP Agents Seize Cocaine, Meth at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
March 17, 2016

YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized a combined 60 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine, worth in excess of $250,000, during separate incidents in the past 48 hours. Agents found the drugs in vehicles as they attempted to pass through the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, east of Yuma.

Border Patrol agents remove packages of meth from within the rear bumper of a smuggling vehicle

Border Patrol agents remove packages of meth from within the rear bumper of a smuggling vehicle

The first seizure occurred after a canine team alerted to a vehicle, which was then directed to a secondary inspection. As a result, agents found 10 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $104,000, and 22 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $66,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.

The second incident occurred when an agent referred a suspicious vehicle for a secondary inspection, at which time agents located 28 pounds of methamphetamine worth approximately $84,000.

Agents processed the drugs, vehicles and drivers, one U.S. citizen and one naturalized U.S. citizen, per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017