Blythe, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized 45 bundles of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer at the Highway 78 Checkpoint late Wednesday evening.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station stopped a Freightliner tractor-trailer at the Highway 78 checkpoint at about 10 p.m. Agents referred the driver for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the cab of the tractor-trailer.
A search of the semi revealed 45 bundles of marijuana hidden inside the truck's sleeping area. The marijuana weighs approximately 580 pounds and has an estimated street value of $464,000. Agents arrested the driver, a 43-year-old male U.S. citizen, and later turned him and the contraband over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, Yuma Sector agents have seized more than 21,000 pounds of marijuana.
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.