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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Drug Smuggler Attempting to Circumvent Traffic Checkpoint

Release Date: 
July 15, 2016

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a male Mexican national -- later determined to be in the U.S. illegally -- attempting to circumvent the traffic checkpoint on I-8, east of Yuma, Thursday.

More than 400 pounds of marijuana was seized by agents east of Yuma, after stopping a smuggling vehicle attempting to evade capture
More than 400 pounds of
marijuana was seized by
agents east of Yuma, after
stopping a smuggling vehicle
attempting to evade capture

Agents observed a pickup truck circumventing the checkpoint by passing through Dome Valley.  While following the vehicle, the man began driving erratically and failed to negotiate a turn; crashing into supporting cables of a high-tension power line.  The driver fled the scene but was soon apprehended. 

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents discovered and seized approximately 403 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $200,000, in the truck’s cabin and inside a tool box in its cargo bed.

The suspect, narcotics and vehicle were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017