Yuma, Ariz. - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Wellton Station seized more than 145 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $72,500, early Tuesday.
Agents patrolling near Gila Bend detected a suspicious sedan traveling westbound on I-8. The vehicle stopped and picked up a group of individuals from the side of the freeway with large rectangular backpacks. Agents attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over. After determining it was safe to do so, agents deployed a controlled tire deflation device. As the vehicle slowed, all occupants fled the scene. Three bundles of marijuana were found in the vehicle and, after searching the area, one subject was arrested.
The marijuana and subject were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle was seized.
Yuma Sector has been effective in combating smuggling organizations attempting to transport contraband through southwestern Arizona. The probability of arrest and associated penalties cause smugglers to often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.