Yuma Border Patrol Agents Foil Meth Smuggling Attempt Worth $144K
YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested two United States citizens as they attempted to smuggle $144,012 worth of methamphetamine Friday.
At approximately 5 p.m., agents sent a 2012 white Chrysler 200 to the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint for additional questioning. While in secondary, a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Agents discovered 25 packages of methamphetamine hidden in the left- and right-side rocker panels of the vehicle. The combined weight of the narcotics was more than 48 pounds. The male driver and male passenger, a 38-year-old and 23-year-old residing in Chandler and Mesa, were arrested.
The narcotics and vehicle were seized.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.
Border Patrol Discover Gas Tank Loaded with Meth
SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine inside her vehicle’s gas tank on Saturday evening.
The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. after a 45-year-old woman, along with her minor son, approached the checkpoint in a 2005 burgundy Hyundai Sonata.
During primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle. Agents then referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further examination.
At secondary inspection, the canine team alerted to the gas cap of the vehicle. Agents investigated further and discovered several sealed packages concealed in gas tank of the vehicle. The packages were examined and tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.
The combined weight of the packages totaled 26.97 lbs., with an estimated street value of $71,470.
The woman, a U.S. citizen, was turned over by agents to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics for further investigation.
The minor child was turned over to Imperial County Social Services.
“This displays the level the smuggling organizations will go in order to further their criminal enterprise,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim. “Thanks to our agents this child was taken out of a potentially dangerous situation.”
In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector agents have seized more than 825.11 pounds of methamphetamine.
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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