YUMA — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two women near Yuma after agents say they found nearly 90 pounds of methamphetamine in their SUV.
The driver of the red Chevrolet Blazer, a 26-year-old Yuma resident, was arrested on drug smuggling charges, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.
The 24-year-old passenger, of Idaho, was also arrested. The release does not give details on the charges for the passenger.
The women, who were U.S. citizens, drove through an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Yuma at about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to the release.
Border patrol agents at the checkpoint sent the women to another area for a more thorough inspection, according to the release. There, a Border Patrol canine detected the drugs.
Agents say they found 80 packages of meth hidden in the SUV. The drugs were valued at $256,800, according to the release.
The investigation is ongoing.
To report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol, call 877-872-7435. Calls can be made anonymously.
How far will drug cartels go to smuggle their product into the United States? History has shown they’ll go as far as they have to, including underground.
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