YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from Wellton Station working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 seized narcotics in an attempted drug smuggling event over the weekend.
After questioning the two occupants of a Nissan sedan on Friday night, a Border Patrol agent referred the vehicle to secondary inspection. A Border Patrol canine positively alerted to the vehicle, and agents discovered 23 aluminum wrapped packages of methamphetamine located in a hidden compartment of the center console. The drugs weighed more than 25 pounds with an estimated street value of $50,000.
The male driver, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen, and the female passenger, a 41-year-old U.S. citizen, were arrested on controlled substance violations. The narcotics and vehicle were seized and the case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
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