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Agents seize nearly $273K of methamphetamine

May 5, 2018

YUMA, Arizona Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate‑8 and Highway 95 Immigration Checkpoints seized $272,940 worth of methamphetamine in two separate smuggling events over last weekend.

At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Wellton Station agents sent a white 2009 Chevrolet Equinox to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine positively alerted to the vehicle. A thorough search of the vehicle yielded 40.78 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the roof. The narcotics have an approximate value of $122,340. The female driver, a 24-year-old United States citizen who claimed to be living in Mexico, was placed under arrest for possession and transport of illegal drugs.

In the second event at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, a Border Patrol canine alerted to a gray 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. Blythe Station agents searched the vehicle and discovered 50.2 pounds of methamphetamine in the spare tire. The narcotics have an approximate worth of $150,600. The driver, a 21-year-old male Mexican national with a valid Border Crossing card, was arrested for possession and transport of illegal drugs.

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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