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Nearly $200K in meth seized from vehicle circumventing checkpoint

December 11, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly $200,000 in methamphetamine from a vehicle that was attempting to circumvent the I‑8 Immigration Checkpoint Friday morning December 7. At approximately 7:54 a.m., Wellton Station agents working a commonly utilized route to circumvent the I‑8 Immigration Checkpoint near Dome Valley observed a suspicious vehicle traveling east, near Avenue 20E and County 7th Street.

Agents were following the vehicle, when the driver pulled over on his own. Agents then made contact with the driver, who is identified as a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien from Mexico. During the encounter, a Border Patrol canine positively alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Agents discovered 90 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside a speaker box behind the front seat. The narcotics have a combined weight of 65.34 pounds and a street value of more than $196,000.

The driver was arrested for the transportation of a controlled substance. The drugs, vehicle and subject were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

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’s mission includes keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.

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