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Yuma sector BP seizes nearly $100K in meth at checkpoint

President Trump discusses border security with CBP Commissioner McAleenan, Acting Border Patrol Chief Provost, and San Diego Border Patrol Sector Chief Patrol Agent Scott during a visit to the border wall prototypes and mockups. (Jetta Disco/Department of Homeland Security)

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly $100K in methamphetamine after a Mexican national attempted to smuggle the narcotics through the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint Thursday night.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., Wellton Station agents referred a silver Honda Accord to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered 37 sealed packages of methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank of the vehicle. The narcotics have an approximate weight of nearly 42 pounds and an approximate value of more than $96,000.

The driver, a 45-year-old Mexican male, with a border crossing card, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance. The vehicle and narcotics were seized.

This press release was originally published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.