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Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly 500 Pounds of Drugs, and Stop Smuggling Attempts in Dome Valley

Release Date: 
December 21, 2015

YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents seized 496 pounds of drugs, and stopped a smuggling attempt through Dome Valley, over the weekend.

On Dec. 18, agents arrested a U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle three illegal aliens through Dome Valley in an apparent attempt to circumvent Wellton Station’s immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, east of Yuma.

Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station recovered more than 200 pounds of marijuana that had reportedly been dropped north of Interstate 8, and the Imperial Sand Dunes

Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station recovered more than 200 pounds of marijuana that had reportedly been dropped north of Interstate 8, and the Imperial Sand Dunes

On Dec. 19, an ultra-light aircraft (ULA) was detected dropping drugs in the United States before it turned around and returned to Mexico. The ULA was seen north of Interstate 8 and the Imperial Sand Dunes, near Ogilby Road. Agents recovered 226 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $113,000.

On Dec. 20, agents assigned to Yuma Sector’s forward operating base, Camp Grip, arrested three illegal aliens attempting to smuggle 270 pounds of marijuana into the United States. The drugs had an estimated value of $135,000.

All drugs and subjects were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017