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Agents confiscate $348K of meth

April 13, 2018

YUMA, Arizona Agents assigned to the Blythe and Wellton Border Patrol Stations seized nearly $348,000 worth of methamphetamine in multiple recent attempted drug smuggling incidents.

This past Thursday evening, April 5, a Border Patrol canine alerted to a Ford sedan at the Wellton Station Immigration Checkpoint on Interstate 8. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded more than 61 pounds of meth, worth over $183,000 in the vehicle floorboards. The 20-year-old female driver and 23-year-old passenger, both United States citizens, were from Pomona, California and Yuma respectively.

Early Friday morning agents from the Blythe Station attempted to perform a vehicle stop on an Acura sedan near Needles, CA. The 44-year-old male passenger attempted to escape on foot once the vehicle stopped, but agents apprehended the subject. The 30-year-old female owner consented to a vehicle search, where agents discovered more than 2 pounds of meth, worth $6,600. Records check discovered the passenger had an active warrant and felony convictions.

Saturday afternoon, a canine assigned to the Wellton Immigration Checkpoint alerted to a Ford truck in the primary inspection lane. Agents searched the vehicle and located nearly 53 pounds of meth in the spare tire, worth nearly $158,000. The 47-year-old male driver and 25-year-old male passenger are both United States citizens.

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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