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Agents seize 42.5 pounds of meth in gas tank


August 16, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents arrested a 31-year-old Mexican national with a Border Crossing Card at the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint Saturday, after he attempted to smuggle methamphetamine in his vehicle’s gas tank.

On Monday, August 13 at about 5:20 p.m., agents referred a blue 2006 Volkswagen Jetta to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, a total of 31 packages of methamphetamine were removed from the gas tank. The narcotics had a combined weight of 42.5 pounds and are estimated to be worth more than $127,000.

This is the second gas tank load found by Wellton agents in a week. The first gas tank load was seized on August 8 and was being driven by a Mexican national lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

The contraband and vehicle were seized.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.



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