YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from Wellton Station apprehended and provided medical assistance to an illegal alien who was backpacking over seven pounds of methamphetamine through a remote area of the desert.
Saturday afternoon, Wellton Station agents encountered the subject near Avenue 36 E and County 13th Street. The subject claimed to be in distress and a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician evaluated the subject and administered intravenous fluids. Upon searching the subject’s backpack, agents discovered three sealed packages that tested positive for methamphetamine. The total weight of the narcotics was approximately 7.5 pounds with an estimated street value of almost $15,000.
The subject, a male Mexican national, was arrested for immigration and controlled substance violations. The narcotics were seized.
Transnational criminal organizations utilize narcotics backpackers to travel through remote terrain and be picked up on major roadways The narcotics are then intended to be transported to urban areas for sale and distribution.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.