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Yuma Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly $1 Million in Drugs

YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to Blythe Station’s Immigration Checkpoint on Highway 78 arrested two U.S. citizens after finding nearly a million dollars’ worth of hard narcotics in their vehicle early Thursday.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., agents referred a Honda Accord with two occupants to a secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, emitting from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the sedan yielded 24 bundles of cocaine and heroin hidden within compartments inside the tires.

Seized drug bundles.

Seized drug bundles. Photo credit/

Agents seized almost 40 pounds of heroin, valued at more than $688,000, and nearly 25 pounds of cocaine worth close to $280,000. Agents also arrested the 31-year-old driver and 39-year-old passenger, identified as U.S. citizens from Yuma.

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Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity 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 transport people and contraband illegally 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 may remain anonymous.

And in EDINBURG, Texas, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector continue to arrest Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members.

Since Friday, agents arrested nine Salvadoran nationals that are confirmed MS-13 gang members. Among those identified is a woman traveling with her eight-year-old child.

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The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.

Please visit to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.


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