Border Patrol Seize 200 Pounds Of Cocaine, Heroin, Meth At Immigration Checkpoints

( – Border Patrol agents from San Diego and Yuma seized more than 200 pounds of hard drugs from immigration checkpoints in California and Arizona. Officials believe the methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl are worth more than $2 million.

The discovery comes as the Democrats engage in a fresh battle with the president over his “Remain in Mexico” policy that requires aliens to stay in their country of origin while their asylum claims are processed. Democrats consider it inhumane, but the president recognizes many drug smugglers, traffickers, and violent criminals abuse the system.

Border patrol agents from Welton Station manned the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint on March 5 when they saw a shuttle van approach. During an interview and inspection of the vehicle, drug detection dogs alerted officials to the presence of illegal substances.

During a secondary inspection, agents found two American citizens inside the vehicle with drugs attached to the insides of their legs. The initial finding of more than a kilogram of fentanyl was believed to have been enough for more than half a million lethal doses of the drug.

The two teenagers were immediately arrested and the drugs seized. While officials did not publicly reveal the estimated street value of the illegal drugs, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) previously noted that fentanyl is typically worth around $900,000 per kilo.

A day earlier, Border Patrol agents in San Diego stopped a vehicle on Interstate 15. Again, after a team of sniffer dogs searched the vehicle. 27 bundles of cocaine were discovered. The drugs had been hidden inside the seats.

In a written statement, Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke of San Diego said, “In the last 72 hours San Diego Sector has seized over 117 pounds of lethal narcotics worth more than $1,300,000.”

“Thankfully these dangerous drugs will not reach our local communities.”

President Donald Trump continues his crackdown on drug smuggling over the border. Cartels in Mexico regularly recruit teenage American citizens to assist with the process, but with new funding and support from the Trump administration, Border Patrol officials can do a better job than ever at cracking down on this crime.