From the daily archives: Monday, August 23, 2010

Blythe, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector seized more than $1 million dollars in heroin at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 95, north of Yuma on Thursday.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe station encountered an 18-year-old woman driving a convertible at the primary inspection area of the checkpoint. A canine team conducted a cursory inspection and alerted to the vehicle. Agents investigated and discovered a false compartment in the vehicle that contained 11 bundles of heroin.

The 11 bundles of heroin, with a combined weight of 30 pounds, have an estimated street value of $1,024,500. The heroin, the subject and the vehicle were all 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.

 

Calexico, Calif. – U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East commercial truck facility prevented a tractor-trailer carrying medical supplies from smuggling more than 5,144 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.

Cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana concealed within a shipment of medical supplies.
Calexico East commercial truck facility CBP officers prevent more than 232 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,333,680 that were concealed within a shipment of medical supplies from entering the U. S.

On Aug. 17, at approximately 9:25 a.m. CBP officers were conducting pre-primary operations when a narcotic detector dog alerted to the trailer area of a semi-truck driven by a 40-year-old Mexican citizen.

The trailer was referred for a more intensive inspection, which revealed boxes commingled with the legitimate cargo. The boxes were determined to contain more than 232 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,333,680.

Cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana stacked beside a shipment of medical supplies.
Calexico East commercial truck facility CBP officers prevent more than 232 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,333,680 that were concealed within a shipment of medical supplies from entering the U. S.

According to Port Director Billy Whitford, smuggling attempts such as this one are just an example of the different ways organizations are trying to sneak drugs into the country.

“Trying to hide dangerous narcotics which cause harm within our communities in a shipment of medical supplies that are intended to help people really shows how desperate the criminal organizations have become,” he said. “As the men and women of CBP continue to apply pressure to these organizations and strike big blows such as this, we weaken them.”

The driver was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for prosecution; CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

 
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