YUMA – Special Agents in Yuma with Homeland Security Investigations arrested Alejandro Escobar-Rivera, 51, and seized 221.22 lbs. of methamphetamine and 5.0 lbs. of cocaine
and multiple cell phones in a targeted enforcement action last week. The combined approximate street value is of nearly $4.1 million.
According to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the enforcement activity began Thursday, July 18, when the Yuma County Sheriffs Office (YCSO), while conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Avenue B and 24th street, saw a vehicle speeding while traveling northbound on Avenue B while approaching 24th street. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and called for K-9, which lead to the discovery of the drugs.
Due to the large quantity of drugs and the arrest, HSI Yuma special agents were contacted to continue the investigation. The subsequent investigation revealed that Escobar-Rivera was delivering furniture on behalf of Alex Furniture located at 313 West Main Street in Somerton, Arizona. As a result another Alex Furniture employee was arrested on immigration violations and the seizure of numerous cell phones.
The driver was charged with multiple Arizona state drug charges including
importation/transportation of dangerous drugs and possession of narcotics for sale.