Busy week for Border Patrol

Busy week for Border Patrol

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents made four arrests, seized drugs, guns and counterfeit money late last week in two separate incidents.

The first set of arrests were made after agents noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from a car at a gas station in Blythe, Thursday. Agents say the confronted two men in the car and then searched the car. They found three pounds of pot, two hand guns and 23 fake $100 bills.

5-27-16, BLY, K9 seized 12.67 lbs coke (2)

The second set of arrests were made Friday after a K-9 team alerted a car at the Highway 95 checkpoint. Agents say they searched the car in secondary inspection, but found nothing. It was later they discovered both men, who were in the car, were hiding 13 pounds of cocaine in their waistbands, according to agents. They also found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue hidden in one of the men’s sock. Both men were lawful permanent residents.

Agents say all of the drugs combined had an estimated street value of about $145,000.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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