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Border Patrol agents intercept $1 Million in heroin at New Mexico checkpoint

June 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents intercept $1 Million in heroin at New Mexico checkpoint

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Border Patrol officials in New Mexico intercepted over $1 million worth of heroin at a checkpoint located in the southern portion of the state. Agents recovered the drugs after a K-9 officer signaled to the presence of an illegal substance.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, agents working at the Highway 70 immigration checkpoint on June 21st, noticed a vehicle hauler approaching with several cars loaded.

The agents grew suspicious of a Honda that was not in good condition compared to the other vehicles on the trailer, according to the Associated Press.

After a K-9 officer signaled to the possible presence of drugs, agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection station.

During a search of the trailer, agents found over $1 million worth of heroin in a bundle. Agents also discovered a few kilos of cocaine inside the Honda.

The truck had recently crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.

A Border Patrol agent told the Associated Press that the driver is not facing charges.

No other information about the smuggling attempt was revealed.

Later that day, Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials observed a Buick sedan driving toward the Interstate 8 checkpoint.

The agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection after a K-9 agent signaled to the presence of drugs. During the examination, the Welton Station agents found five packages of meth weighing 3.2 pounds located in the driver’s side rear panel of the Buick. Officials indicated that the drugs are worth close to $10,000.

Agents took the driver into custody, who was a legally admitted Mexican national, also seized the vehicle and drugs.

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