Cash and Fentanyl seized

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working  at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint seized a quantity of cash in one of two separate events over the weekend.

U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint seized bulk cash and nearly $90,000 in methamphetamine and approximately 22,000 fentanyl tablets during two separate events over the weekend.

On Friday afternoon, Wellton Station agents referred a Mercedes sedan to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and $11,000 in cash inside the vehicle.

The driver, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen from Temecula, Calif, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The narcotics, cash, and vehicle were seized.

Then on Sunday morning, agents observed a suspicious vehicle traveling through Dome Valley. Agents performed a vehicle stop and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the spare tire of the vehicle.

When agents searched the vehicle they discovered 26 packages of methamphetamine and two other packages of pills.

The methamphetamine had a weight of nearly 39 pounds and an estimated value of $89,000. The approximately 22,000 pills tested positive for fentanyl, Border Patrol officials said in a news release. The driver, a 27-year-old Mexican national, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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