Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $273K of Methamphetamine
YUMA, Ariz. – 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 the 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.
And in Tuscon, Arizona U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a San Luis, Arizona resident Thursday in connection to an unsuccessful drug smuggling attempt at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 23-year-old man for an additional search of his Nissan sedan as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Thursday afternoon. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, leading officers to discover more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine, worth almost $211,000 within the vehicle’s quarter panels.
The vehicle and drugs were seized. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Also, here’s some news from the Northern Border:
Rainbow Bridge CBP Canine Team Finds Drugs In Dashboard
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Rainbow Bridge encountered two Canadian citizens smuggling illegal narcotics over the border on April 28.
CBP officers encountered a pair of travelers at the Rainbow Bridge after they claimed to make a wrong turn on the bridge. CBP officers referred the two men, Canadian nationals, for secondary inspection due to their suspicious behavior. A CBP canine team arrived to search the vehicle, and the dog quickly alerted to the car’s dash area.
CBP officers disassembled the dashboard, finding a sack containing three bags with a rocky white substance, another bag with a white powder, and a bag with a leafy green substance. Officers also found a digital scale hidden behind the dash, containing residue of a powdered white substance. Subsequent testing revealed the rocky substance as cocaine, the white powder as a compound used to cut cocaine for distribution, and the green substance as marijuana.
“CBP officers are trained to spot traveler characteristics or behaviors that indicate the need for a second, closer look,” said Port Director Cary Frieling. “In this case, the closer look revealed hidden narcotics. Preventing the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. continues to be one of our top priorities.”
The subjects were turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department for further processing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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