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Meth and Heroin Seized at Checkpoints

January 21, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif On Tuesday, January 19, a canine team alerted to a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old U.S. citizen at the Blythe Station immigration checkpoint on Highway 95. When agents searched the vehicle, they found 32 pounds of methamphetamine.

All drugs, worth more than $281,000

Later that day, agents conducted a secondary inspection of a commercial shuttle van as it attempted to pass through the Wellton Station (Arizona) immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8. During their inspection, agents found and seized seven pounds of heroin from a 50-year-old Mexican woman travelling to Phoenix.

All drugs, worth more than $281,000

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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