Canine alert leads to discovery of over seven pounds of cocaine

YUMA — A Yuma Sector Border Patrol canine alerted to over 7 pounds of cocaine in a duffel bag on the back seat of a vehicle at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 Tuesday night, December 15, according to a press release.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., agents referred a Ford Expedition with California plates to the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint following a canine alert. A search of the vehicle revealed three vacuum-sealed and taped packages of cocaine inside a duffel bag on the vehicle’s rear passenger seat. The cocaine weighed 7.7 pounds, which has an estimated street value of nearly $54,000.

Agents removed a handgun from the waistband of the driver upon initial contact with him and later found him to be in possession of personal-use methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Agents arrested the driver — a 38-year-old US citizen — and seized the narcotics, the handgun with two loaded magazines, and the vehicle.

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