Border Patrol Seizes 246 Pounds of Pot, Learn Driver Already Wanted
Yuma, Ariz. - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Wellton Station seized approximately 246 pounds of marijuana Wednesday morning from a suspect also wanted on two active arrest warrants.
Agents noticed the driver of a blue sedan traveling on Dome Valley Highway behaving suspiciously and initiated a vehicle stop for further investigation. After discovering active warrants for his arrest, agents placed the suspect in custody and searched the vehicle, finding the marijuana concealed in the vehicle's trunk. The narcotics, worth an estimated $123,000, and suspect were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
The Border Patrol continues to make significant progress combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their ability to transport contraband deeper into the United States; ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions. In Arizona, the probability of being detected and facing consequences is higher than ever before.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.