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Agents seize over $100K worth of drugs in 3 separate cases
U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized $104,300 worth of methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin in three separate incidents Wednesday.
According to a news release issued by the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office, 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.
During a search of the vehicle, agents found nearly 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle's air conditioning compressor. The narcotics, valued at $20,800, and the suspect, who is a U.S. Citizen, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In a second case, Wellton Station agents assigned to Camp Grip, 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 and not finding any suspects, the marijuana, worth approximately $50,000, was seized for destruction.
In another case, Blythe Station agents assigned to the Highway 78 checkpoint referred a Chevrolet pickup truck to secondary inspection after a canine team alert.
The occupants of the pickup truck 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 DEA.
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