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Yuma Border Patrol Agents Arrest Naturalized Citizen for Smuggling $134K in Heroin

Release Date: 
May 23, 2018

YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate-8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a naturalized citizen, originally born in Mexico, for attempting to smuggle heroin early Tuesday.

Agents discovered the heroin inside of a fake car battery
Agents discovered the heroin inside of
a fake car battery

At approximately 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Wellton Station agents sent a gold Chrysler PT Cruiser to the secondary inspection area after a positive K-9 alert in the primary lane. During a subsequent search, agents discovered a fake battery in the engine compartment that held nearly 8 pounds of heroin in three separate packages. The narcotics are worth more than $134,000.

During processing, agents identified the 60-year-old man as a Somerton, Arizona resident.

The heroin was seized and the subject was arrested.

Last modified: 
May 24, 2018