YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents assigned to the I-8 Immigration Checkpoint seized drugs, a loaded handgun, ammunition, and a vehicle early this morning.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Border Patrol canine alerted to a white Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 27-year-old United States citizen. After a search of the vehicle, agents discovered four black packages, a loaded 9mm handgun, and 15 rounds of ammunition. The black packages tested positive as methamphetamine worth $16,500.
The driver, two passengers, contraband, and vehicle were processed and turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Task Force for further processing.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through Southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
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.