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Border Patrol K-9s sniff out $180K of meth at I-8 checkpoint

YUMA – Border Patrol agents working an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 seized more than $180,000 worth of methamphetamine in two smuggling attempts last Friday.

The first case involved a Border Patrol K-9 that alerted to an odor coming from a Toyota Camry.

Agents found 40 pounds of meth hidden in the quarter panels and under the floor.

The drugs are valued at more than $121,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The 19-year-old woman who was driving the car is a U.S. citizen from Yuma, and is now facing drug charges.

About three hours later, a Border Patrol K-9 found more than 20 pounds of meth hidden in the gas tank of a Nissan Altima.

Authorities say those drugs are worth $61,950 on the street.

The 30-year old man driving the car, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen from Peoria, was arrested on drug charges.

 

Paul Birmingham

Paul Birmingham

Paul Birmingham is an Edward R. Murrow Award winning broadcast journalist and Investigative Producer with the News 4 Tucson Investigators. Paul is a Tucson native, UA graduate, and licensed private investigator.
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