YUMA, Ariz.–Border Patrol agents encountered an individual sitting in a pickup truck parked in Dome Valley, yesterday afternoon, and the reasons for his suspicious actions quickly became apparent.
During a conversation with the man, he suddenly bolted from the agents. One agent gave chase, following the man into a densely brushy area, while the other agent stayed with the vehicle. The latter quickly discovered 429 pounds of marijuana in plain sight inside the truck.
The marijuana had an estimated value of $215,500. The male subject made use of the dense brush in the area to evade arrest. There is still an on-going search for the subject.
The vehicle and drugs were seized 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.