Quartzsite, Arizona - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized $104,300 worth of methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin during three incidents yesterday.
Blythe Station agents assigned to the Highway 95 checkpoint near Quartzsite referred a vehicle to secondary inspection where a canine team then alerted to the presence of drugs. Agents located nearly 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle’s air conditioning compressor. The narcotics, valued at $20,800, and suspect, a U.S. Citizen, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. (see attached photos)
Wellton Station agents assigned toCampGrip, Yuma Sector’s forward operating base, found two makeshift backpacks filled with more than 100 pounds of marijuana while on patrol. After searching the surrounding area for suspects, the marijuana, worth $50,000, was seized for destruction.
Blythe Station agents assigned to the Highway 78 checkpoint referred a Chevrolet pick-up truck to secondary inspection after a canine team alert. The occupants consented to a search and agents discovered nearly 2.5 pounds of heroin taped to the passenger’s body. The narcotics, valued at $33,500, and suspect were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Border Patrol has made significant progress in combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their ability to transport contraband deeper into the United States, and ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions. In Yuma Sector, the probability of being detected and facing consequences is higher than ever before.