BP seizes $91K in meth, ar­rests 5

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

Yuma Sec­tor Bor­der Pa­trol agents from the Well­ton Sta­tion ar­rested a United States ci­ti­zen and four il­le­gal en­trants from Mex­ico on Wed­nes­day for al­legedly try­ing to smug­gle more than 30 pounds of metham­phetamine into the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by agent Jose J. Garibay III of the Yuma Sec­tor Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fice, at about 5:30 p.m., agents ob­served four in­di­vid­u­als walk­ing out of the desert east of Tacna, along In­ter­state 8.

A short time later, the same four in­di­vid­u­als were seen get­ting into a gray 2009 Nis­san Al­tima trav­el­ling east­bound along the in­ter­state.

Agents work­ing the In­ter­state 8 im­mi­gra­tion check­point per­formed an im­mi­gra­tion stop on the ve­hi­cle, which was be­ing driven by a 25-year-old male U.S. ci­ti­zen from Mesa.

The four pas­sen­gers in the ve­hi­cle were iden­ti­fied as Mex­i­can na­tion­als who were in the coun­try il­le­gally.

When agents searched the ve­hi­cle they also found a pair of back­packs con­tain­ing 30.4 pounds of crys­tal­lized metham­phetamine. The nar­cotics have an ap­prox­i­mate street value of $91,200.

All five in­di­vid­u­als were ar­rested for the trans­porta­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance. The four il­le­gal en­trants were also pro­cessed for im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions.

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YUMA SEC­TOR BOR­DER PA­TROL AGENTS from the Well­ton Sta­tion ar­rested a United States ci­ti­zen and four il­le­gal en­trants from Mex­ico on Wed­nes­day for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to smug­gle over 30 pounds of metham­phetamine into the coun­try.

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