Yuma, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents on patrol south of Gila Bend, Ariz. Wednesday tracked footprints through the desert which led to two individuals with eight bundles of marijuana valued at $206,000. The marijuana, with a combined weight of 412 pounds, was seized for destruction per sector guidelines and the suspects, both Mexican nationals, were processed for prosecution.
Arizona-based Border Patrol agents have made significant progress combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their efforts to transport contraband further into the United States; ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions. In Arizona, the probability of being detected and the consequences of doing so are higher than ever before.
All Customs and Border Protection assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.