YUMA, Ariz. -- Border Patrol agents seized 17 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested three men in two drug busts this week.
Blythe Station agents working at a Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on State Route 95 on Monday referred a Toyota Corolla for further inspection after a K-9 unit alerted to the possible presence of drugs.
A search of the Corolla revealed one pound of meth, worth about $3,000, hidden inside a guitar case and two loaded handguns, one of which had been reported stolen out of Kileen, Texas.
On Tuesday, a Wellton Station agent became suspicious of a Chevrolet pickup truck in Dome Valley and ran a records check, which showed that the owner of the vehicle had two active warrants.
The agent stopped the vehicle on Interstate 8 and requested a K-9 unit.
The vehicle and driver were then taken to an immigration checkpoint, where agents reportedly found multiple packages of meth concealed inside a spare tire. The 16 pounds of meth have an estimated value of $48,000.
Both drivers and a passenger, all United States citizens, were arrested.
The drugs and handguns were seized.