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.
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.
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.