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.
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.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.