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Yuma Sector Seizes $180K in Meth at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
February 11, 2019

YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station agents assigned to the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint thwarted two methamphetamine smuggling attempts valued at $183,750 Friday evening.

In the first event, a Border Patrol canine assigned to the primary inspection lane of the checkpoint positively alerted to an odor from a silver 2013 Toyota Camry. Agents sent the vehicle to the secondary inspection area and discovered multiple packages of methamphetamine hidden in the quarter panels and under the floor. The narcotics weighed approximately 40.6 pounds with a street value of $121,800.

Agents discovered nearly 41 pounds of meth inside of a smuggling vehicle
Agents discovered nearly 41 pounds of
meth inside of a smuggling vehicle

The female driver, a 19-year-old United States citizen from Yuma, was arrested for the transportation of a controlled substance.

Smugglers attempted to hide meth packages inside of the gas tank of a smuggling vehicle
Smugglers attempted to hide
meth packages inside of the
gas tank of a smuggling
vehicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the second event approximately three hours later, another Border Patrol canine working at the primary lane of the checkpoint alerted to an odor it was trained to detect originating from a gray 2015 Nissan Altima. Upon further investigation in the secondary inspection area, agents discovered multiple packages of methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank. The narcotics weighed approximately 20.65 pounds with a street value of $61,950.

The male driver, a 30-year-old United States citizen from Peoria, was arrested for the transportation of a controlled substance.

Last modified: 
February 11, 2019