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Border Patrol K9 agent in Yuma, Arizona uncovers 30 pounds of meth hidden underneath car seats

April 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol K9 agent in Yuma, Arizona uncovers 30 pounds of meth hidden underneath car seats

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) K9 agent  in Arizona recovered 30 pounds of meth and other drugs at a border checkpoint

The officers working at the Yuma Sector noticed a Dodge pickup approach the Interstate 8 border checkpoint. During a routine inspection of the truck, a K9 agent signaled to the presence of drugs, according to a CBP press release.

Border Patrol agents carried out a subsequent search of the vehicle, which led to the discovery of drugs concealed inside of a spare tire. Officers also discovered drugs hidden under the seats.

Agents seized 3 pounds of heroin, 2 pounds of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and 30 pounds of meth.

The driver, who has been identified as a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody. The suspect’s identity has not been revealed. Authorities confiscated the vehicle and the drugs, which has an estimated street value of $327,000.

The suspect will be transferred to another federal law enforcement agency for prosecution under drug trafficking legislation.

This area is widely known for drug trafficking and human smuggling. In March, a serious collision occurred after human smugglers tried to flee Border Patrol agents. Border Patrol agents attempted to pull over a car on Highway 78.

When the driver refused to stop the car, a high-speed pursuit ensued. While trying to avoid arrest, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and rolled over. The driver suffered critical head trauma and torso injuries. His “human cargo” only sustained minor injuries.

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