YUMA — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from Wellton Station working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 seized almost 5 pounds of fentanyl pills in an attempted drug smuggling event Sunday night, December 20, according to a press release.
At 10 p.m., a US Border Patrol canine alerted to a Chevy Malibu sedan with three male occupants attempting to travel through the checkpoint. Agents directed the vehicle to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. During their search of the vehicle, agents found four packages of blue pills that tested positive for the characteristics of fentanyl. The total weight of the packages was 4.93 pounds, with an estimated wholesale street value of approximately $71,680.
The passenger, who was determined to be responsible for the pills, also had an outstanding warrant for armed robbery. The other two occupants, one of which was the vehicle owner, were unaware of the contraband and released. The passenger — a 27-year-old US citizen and Yuma resident — was charged with drug smuggling and was turned over to the Department of Public Safety for the outstanding warrant. The narcotics were seized.