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Large Drug Seizures at Wellton Border Patrol Station

March 17, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized a combined 60 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine, worth in excess of $250,000, during separate incidents in the past 48 hours. Agents found the drugs in vehicles as they attempted to pass through the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on I‑8, east of Yuma.

The first seizure occurred after a canine team alerted to a vehicle, which was then directed to a secondary inspection. As a result, agents found 10 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $104,000, and 22 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $66,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.

The second incident occurred when an agent referred a suspicious vehicle for a secondary inspection, at which time agents located 28 pounds of methamphetamine worth approximately $84,000.

Agents processed the drugs, vehicles and drivers, one U.S. citizen and one naturalized U.S. citizen, per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. 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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