Blythe, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station seized more than $100,000 worth of narcotics and arrested a drug smuggler at the checkpoint on Highway 78 on Saturday.
At about 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a white 1995 Ford Mustang pulled into the primary inspection area of the Highway 78 checkpoint south of Blythe. A Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle, indicating the likely presence of narcotics or people hidden inside.
Agents referred the vehicle for secondary inspection where they found 15 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana and two Tupperware containers full of methamphetamine. The driver, a lawfully admitted permanent resident, was arrested.
The packages of marijuana weighed a combined 33 pounds with an estimated street value of $26,760. The methamphetamines weighed 2.5 pounds and are valued at about $80,000.
The driver, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol’s toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.