Spare Tyre Loaded with Hard Drugs Seized at US Border Patrol Checkpoint

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Phoenix man after finding a variety of drugs inside his vehicle’s spare tyre outside of Gila Bend early Monday.

Just after midnight, Tucson Sector agents at the state Route 85 immigration checkpoint referred a Ford Explorer SUV for a secondary inspection. In the subsequent search, agents discovered numerous packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the spare tyre.

Agents seized $600,000 worth of hard drugs inside of a tyre

Testing later confirmed the packages, weighing more than 70 pounds, contained an assortment of meth, fentanyl, cocaine and heroin with a combined street value of more than $600,000.

Agents arrested the 39 year-old driver. He and the contraband were turned over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.