C.B.P. News Release

Border Patrol Agents Seize Cash, Cocaine in Blythe

(Wednesday, December 23, 2009)

Blythe, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station seized more than $80,000 in cash and two pounds of cocaine in separate smuggling attempts over the weekend.

On December 18, Border Patrol agents arrested two individuals traveling in a 2008 Gray Chrysler 300. During the vehicle stop, a K-9 team alerted to the vehicle. A search of the trunk yielded several bundles of U.S. currency totaling $82,075. The money was turned over to the Blythe Narcotics Enforcement Team and the two individuals were released pending an investigation.

The next day, agents arrested two more individuals traveling in a 2001 Gold Chevrolet Impala. A K-9 team responded to the vehicle stop and quickly alerted to the vehicle. Agents searched the vehicle and found a plastic wrapped bundle of cocaine in the speaker box. The cocaine weighs a little more than two pounds and has an estimated street value of $74,720. The cocaine and suspects were turned over to the Narcotics Task Force Office of Palm Springs.

Since October 1, 2009, the Blythe Border Patrol Station has seized approximately $235,000 in cash.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Contacts For This News Release
Yuma Sector
CBP Public Affairs
Phone: (928) 341-6520

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