YUMA, Ariz. –Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national attempting to smuggle narcotics through a Yuma Sector traffic checkpoint Tuesday morning.
The driver of a Dodge van was attempting to pass through the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, east of Yuma, when he was asked permission for agents to perform a non-intrusive search of the vehicle. After referring the vehicle to secondary inspection, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the rear quarter panels of the van. Agents searched further and discovered 19 pounds of concealed methamphetamine, valued in excess of $57,000.
The suspect, narcotics and vehicle were processed 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.