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Border Patrol Seizes More Than 1,700 Pounds of Marijuana Smuggled Across the Colorado River in a Pickup Truck

Release Date: 
May 15, 2015

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017