YUMA, Ariz. – A pickup truck breached a section of the border fence along the Colorado River on Thursday afternoon (May 14) and was quickly detected by Border Patrol agents who attempted to pull the truck over.
When Border Patrol agents activated their emergency lights, the driver sped up in an apparent attempt to flee back to Mexico. The driver and two occupants then jumped from the moving truck and escaped across the border. Agents searched the vehicle and found several bundles of marijuana wrapped in cellophane. The bundles have a combined weight of 1,711 pounds and an estimated value of $855,755.
Agents processed the vehicle and drugs in accordance with 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.