U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Blythe Station seized approximately 12.5 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly $15,000 in cash after conducting a traffic stop on pickup on Interstate 10 on Tuesday.
The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of $194,000.
Agent Spence Tippets, of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office said agents patrolling I-10 near Blythe observed suspicious behavior by the driver of a black pickup and decided to follow him. Tippets said the driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, consented to a vehicle search.
Tippets said that during the search, agents discovered 11 Tupperware-like containers filled with crystal methamphetamine that had been hidden among luggage in the cargo bed.
While Tippets could only speculate why drug smugglers use Tupperware-like containers, he said they were easily found and convenient to pack. He added that based on the brand used and the way the drugs are packaged, agents have a good idea which drug trafficking organization is involved.
The drugs, suspects and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Blythe Station seized approximately 12.5 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly $15,000 in cash after conducting a trafic stop on a pickup Tuesday on Interstate 10.
June 06, 2012 8:17 PM
James Gilbert - Sun Staff Writer
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