YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint thwarted two smuggling attempts resulting in arrests for alien and narcotics smuggling this past weekend.
Agents arrested a male U.S. citizen who attempted to smuggle four illegal aliens. The man tried to avoid inspection by circumventing the checkpoint through Dome Valley on Friday morning.
On Saturday afternoon, a male Mexican national was arrested at the checkpoint for narcotics smuggling. The driver, in possession of an I-94 and a Border Crossing card, was referred for a secondary inspection after a canine detection team alerted to the vehicle he was driving. Agents discovered nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at an estimated $51,000, hidden in the vehicle’s engine compartment.
The suspects, narcotics, and vehicles were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines in both incidents.