YUMA, Ariz. - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately $90,000 worth of methamphetamine Tuesday morning at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 95, south of Quartzsite, Arizona.
Later, agents also rescued a Honduran national from the Colorado River.
Agents at the checkpoint referred two adult male U.S. citizens who were in a Ford Expedition to secondary inspection after a canine alerted to an odor.
During the search, agents found 30 packages of meth, weighing approximately 30 pounds, found in the vehicle's quarter panels and in the rear air conditioning unit. Both men were arrested for narcotics smuggling and seized the drugs and vehicle.
Also Tuesday evening, agents at the Yuma Station's Riverine Unit saved a 38-year-old Honduran from drowning in the Colorado River. The man jumped into the river in an attempt to avoid apprehension after entering into the U.S. illegally.
Agents saw that the Honduran struggling to stay above water while clinging to vegetation along the edge of the river. Agents pulled the man to safety after arriving in a boat. The Honduran was transported to the Yuma Station for processing in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.
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.