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.