Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector arrested a suspected smuggler attempting to transport methamphetamine and cocaine through a checkpoint, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man wanted on an Alabama murder case.
According to agent Kyle Estes, public affairs officer, a man was attempting to drive a Chevy Silverado through the Highway 95 checkpoint on Friday, when he was sent to secondary inspection. Once there, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle.
A further inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 42 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.2 pounds of cocaine hidden in the gas tank. The drugs had an estimated value $1,142,000. The driver, who name was not released, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Also on Friday, Customs officers arrested Jose Manuel Martinez, 50, of Delano, Calif., after a routine records check revealed an outstanding felony warrant for a homicide charge in Lawrence County, Alabama. He was attempting to re-enter the country through one of the pedestrian lanes at the Port of Entry in San Luis, AZ.
Martinez was turned over to the San Luis, AZ Police Department. Details of the murder case weren't immediately available.