Yuma Sector Arrests Drug Smuggler Traveling with his Family
YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint in Blythe, California arrested a Mexican national smuggling methamphetamine on his body while traveling with his pregnant wife and three children Monday.
At approximately 2 p.m., Blythe Station agents referred a 1997 Nissan Maxima for secondary inspection following a canine alert. Two adults and three children occupied the vehicle. A search of the driver revealed approximately 5.3 pounds of methamphetamine wrapped in cellophane around his waist. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $12,190.
The 31-year-old male Mexican national driver was arrested for controlled substance violations. His wife, a Mexican national lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and the couple’s children were released. The vehicle and narcotics were seized.
The 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment reported that the Southwest Border remains the main entry point for the majority of methamphetamine entering the United States. According to the 2019 Global Drug Survey, meth was the second leading drug causing individuals to seek emergency medical treatment and the fourth leading drug resulting in hospital admission.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.