YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector agents seized $266,500 worth of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana, and arrested 10 individuals over the weekend.
Wellton Station agents assigned to the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 referred a vehicle to secondary inspection after a canine alert on Dec. 7. During a search of the vehicle, agents found three plastic bags inside a hidden compartment located in the fuel tank. The plastic bags contained 12.5 pounds of methamphetamines worth an estimated $62,500; 1.3 kilograms of cocaine worth almost $30,000; and 1.2 kilograms of heroin valued at approximately $30,600.
The driver and the narcotics were processed per Yuma Sector Guidelines.
On Dec. 5, agents assigned to Wellton Station observed nine individuals walking north through the desert toward Interstate 8. When agents arrived, the men scattered but were eventually found hiding in brush. Agents also found eight camouflaged backpacks filled with a combined 287 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $143,500. All nine individuals and the marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office.
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.