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.
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.
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.