Border Patrol Agents Foil Meth Smuggling Attempt Worth $144K

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested two United States citizens as they attempted to smuggle $144,012 worth of methamphetamine Friday.

At approximately 5 p.m., agents sent a 2012 white Chrysler 200 to the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint for additional questioning. While in secondary, a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Agents discovered 25 packages of methamphetamine hidden in the left- and right-side rocker panels of the vehicle. The combined weight of the narcotics was more than 48 pounds. The male driver and male passenger, a 38-year-old and 23-year-old residing in Chandler and Mesa, were arrested.

The narcotics and vehicle were seized.