Border Patrol agents assigned to Yuma Sector immigration checkpoints arrested four U.S. citizens, including a child sex offender, and four illegal aliens during three separate narcotics and human smuggling events over the weekend.
During the first incident, agents assigned to the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint referred a black Chevrolet Camaro to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. After a canine alert, agents searched the vehicle and discovered 37.05 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $111,150, loaded in the rear quarter panels. Agents arrested the driver, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen from San Luis.
On Saturday morning, agents assigned to the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint referred two U.S. citizens to the secondary inspection area. After a canine alert, agents discovered 252 grams of methamphetamine, worth approximately $1,666, within the vehicle. Agents arrested both U.S. citizens.
Later that morning, agents assigned to the Highway 95 Immigration Checkpoint encountered a 34-year-old U.S. citizen from Long Beach, California claiming to be a driver for a ride-sharing company, and four passengers. After additional questioning, the four passengers were identified as illegal aliens from Mexico. Records checks on the driver revealed a conviction in 2005 for Sex with a Minor Under 16 Years of Age out of California. Agents arrested the driver and all four illegal aliens.