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.
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.
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.