YUMA, ARIZ.—Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 296 pounds of marijuana Tuesday afternoon. The cache was valued in excess of $148,000.
Wellton Station agents patrolling south of Gila Bend discovered seven bundles of abandoned marijuana. After searching the area and finding no suspects, the marijuana was seized for destruction per Yuma Sector guidelines.
Yuma Sector has been effective in combating smuggling organizations attempting to transport contraband through southwestern Arizona. The probabilities of arrest and associated penalties cause smugglers to often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.
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 or visit the attached website for more information.
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.