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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.


Tom Overlie

Tom Overlie

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