YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrest a lawful permanent resident alien, born in Mexico, for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine early Thursday.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Wellton Station agents sent a red 2012 Ford F-150 to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 gave a positive alert to an odor it is trained to detect. During a subsequent search, agents discovered seven vacuum-sealed packages filled with a crystalized substance amongst labor safety equipment under the backseat in an attempt to disguise the driver amongst local work traffic.
The total weight of the contraband was nearly 40 pounds and has a street value of almost $119,000.
The driver was arrested and the contraband was seized.
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.