TUCSON, Ariz. – On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S citizen after finding methamphetamine in what is described as a highly modified work truck at the immigration checkpoint near Sasabe, Arizona.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), at around 2 p.m., agents at the Highway 286 immigration checkpoint encountered a 26-year-old Hereford, Arizona, man driving a Ford F-250 utility truck. After referring the vehicle to secondary inspection, they found several packages of suspected narcotics in a compartment hidden beneath the utility portion of the truck. A Border Patrol canine alerted to potential additional narcotics within the truck’s frame.
Due to the isolated nature of the tactical checkpoint and the complexity of the compartment, agents towed the vehicle to the Sasabe Port of Entry in order to safely inspect its highly modified areas as well as more than 600 pounds of meth. an approximate street value of $1.4 million.
The truck, meth and driver were turned over to Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations.