YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested a U.S. citizen at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint on Sunday after they literally unwrapped more than 35 pounds of marijuana.
Agents referred the driver of Jeep Grand Cherokee to the secondary inspection area after a canine alerted to the vehicle at approximately 8:30 p.m. During an inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered three gift-wrapped boxes in the rear cargo area. Agents unwrapped the boxes and discovered 29 vacuum-sealed packages containing marijuana. As they searched the remainder of the vehicle, agents also found a plastic bag that contained marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a handgun and corresponding ammunition and nearly $2,000 in cash.
The Yuma County Narcotics Task Force took custody of the U.S. citizen and the marijuana, drug paraphernalia, handgun, ammunition, cash and vehicle.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.