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Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized over 34 pounds of meth valued at $78,000 and arrested a U.S. citizen at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint on Friday.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a U.S. citizen from Phoenix after he allegedly attempted to smuggle multiple packages of methamphetamine Friday afternoon.

At about 12:30 p.m., Wellton Station agents referred a silver 2004 Jeep Liberty to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert.

Agents, upon searching the vehicle, reportedly found numerous packages of meth in the right and left quarter panels, as well as the natural void behind the top brake light.

The narcotics had an approximate weight of slightly more than 34 pounds and an estimated street value of $78,269.

The driver, a 54-year-old U.S. citizen from Phoenix, was arrested.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854.

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