Agents arrest wanted felon in possession of gun, drugs


YUMA – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Integrated Targeting Team in Blythe, stopped a vehicle shortly after midnight Monday, Nov 7, and arrested a wanted felon in possession of a loaded handgun and drugs, said a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

According to the news release, when agents conducted an immigration and criminal check on the male driver of a Chevrolet Malibu, records allegedly identified him as a 26-year-old U.S. citizen and convicted felon wanted for a parole violation out of Madera, California. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents found a loaded .45-caliber handgun, small amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine, and more than $7,000 in cash.

Agents later turned the man over to the Blythe Police Department, along with the vehicle and other items seized.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers may remain anonymous.