YUMA, Ariz. –Wellton Station agents operating at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested three U.S. citizens Tuesday, after finding methamphetamine, cash currency, fentanyl, and a firearm in their vehicle.
Agents referred a 2008 Land Rover SUV to the secondary inspection area due to a U.S. Border Patrol canine alert to a scent it is trained to detect. After further investigation, agents discovered marijuana, fentanyl, nearly $10,000 in U.S. currency, and a Taurus G3 pistol. The methamphetamine weighed 1.21 pounds with an estimated street value of $4,000 and the fentanyl weighed a quarter pound with an estimated street value of $3,500.
The three occupants consisted of the driver, a 40-year-old male from Gadsden, Arizona, a 40-year-old male passenger from Yuma, Arizona, and a 36-year-old female from Avondale, Arizona. The three were arrested and taken into custody. The narcotics, currency, firearm, vehicle, and six cell phones were seized.
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