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Yuma Border Patrol agents seize meth, pot

June 14th 2012   ·   0 Comments

U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector seized three pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 350 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents.

Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station assigned to the Highway 95 checkpoint found three pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a disabled fire extinguisher after referring a sedan to secondary inspection.
Loaned photo/Yuma Sector Border Patrol

According to agent Spencer Tippets, of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office, Yuma Station agents patrolling near Sidewinder Road south of Interstate 8 on Wednesday observed suspicious behavior by the driver of a Toyota sports utility vehicle.

Tippets said agents attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over. Instead, in an attempt to flee the agents, the driver turned his vehicle off-road and became stuck in a ditch.

“Obviously it was a poor choice on the driver’s part,” Tippets said. “He only got about 300 yards off the paved road before going into the ditch.”

After agents apprehended the driver, 14 bundles of marijuana weighing 350 pounds with a value of $174,000 were found in the SUV. The marijuana, the suspect, who was a Mexican citizen, and the vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Tuesday, Blythe Station agents assigned to the Highway 95 checkpoint referred a sedan to secondary inspection after a positive canine team alert.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, consented to a vehicle search. During the search, agents discovered approximately three pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a disabled fire extinguisher.

The narcotics, which had an estimated street value of more than $47,000, the suspect and vehicle were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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