YUMA – Last week, meth worth more than $126K was seized by Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), agents working the checkpoint referred a gray 2005 Honda Odyssey to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert to the vehicle at approximately 1:20 p.m.
A search by agents uncovered 50 packages of methamphetamine, weighing approximately 55 pounds, hidden in the rear bumper area of the vehicle.
Agents discovered that the meth was on its way to Phoenix. The 32-year-old female driver and 17-year-old female passenger, both U.S. citizens from San Luis, were arrested for the transportation of a controlled substance. The narcotics and vehicle were seized.
Routes used by transnational criminal networks to smuggle illegal aliens are commonly used to smuggle illicit narcotics, According to CBP, such as meth, into the interior of the country. In 2017, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, methamphetamine was the fourth most common drug involved in U.S. overdose deaths, killing almost 10,000 people across the country.