YUMA. – On Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint recovered a stolen vehicle, and seized methamphetamine in two separate incidents.
In the first event at approximately 5:15 a.m., agents working the checkpoint referred a 2008 Nissan Altima to the secondary inspection area, where record checks on the vehicle revealed it was stolen from Tucson. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle. The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens from El Paso, Texas, were placed under arrest. The drugs and vehicle were seized.
At approximately 7 a.m., agents at the same checkpoint referred a gray 2004 Mazda 3 to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered 22 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
Record checks on the two occupants, both U.S. citizens, revealed extensive criminal histories for both adult males. The driver was found to be driving on a suspended license, in addition to failing to register the vehicle. The pair, from Tulare, California, were placed under arrest. The drugs and vehicle were seized.