Yuma Sector Border Patrol’s Blythe Station agents arrested a male U.S. citizen with a lengthy criminal history, found with narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and cash during an inspection at the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint early Monday morning.
At approximately 4:45 a.m., agents stopped a 2004 Ford Sport Trac after a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect in the primary inspection lane of the checkpoint. A subsequent search of the vehicle led agents to the discovery of a backpack with two bundles of heroin weighing 0.65 pounds, worth an estimated $11,486; 0.1 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $343; and drug paraphernalia.
The 40-year-old United States citizen was arrested on drug charges. The vehicle, narcotics, money and drug paraphernalia were seized.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through Southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.