YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly $100K in methamphetamine after a Mexican national attempted to smuggle the narcotics through the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint Thursday night.
At approximately 8:00 p.m., Wellton Station agents referred a silver Honda Accord to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered 37 sealed packages of methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank of the vehicle. The narcotics have an approximate weight of nearly 42 pounds and an approximate value of more than $96,000.
The driver, a 45-year-old Mexican male, with a border crossing card, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance. The vehicle and narcotics were seized.
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.