Yuma, Ariz. - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector's Wellton Station seized more than 511 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $112,500 in two separate incidents.
On May 4, agents patrolling along I-8 near mile marker 97 found footprints from individuals traveling through the desert. Agents followed the footprints and located four bundles of marijuana hidden in a drainage culvert underneath the freeway. The marijuana, weighing 68 pounds and worth an estimated $34,400, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On May 5, agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Sector's forward operating base, discovered a group of individuals traveling through the desert near the U.S./Mexico border. When agents approached, the suspects turned and ran south toward Mexico. An unmanned aircraft system was dispatched to the area and led agents to eight bundles of marijuana stashed in the brush. The marijuana, weighing over 200 pounds and worth an estimated $221,000, was seized for destruction.
Yuma Sector has been effective in combating smuggling organizations attempting to transport contraband through southwestern Arizona. The probabilities of arrest and associated penalties cause smugglers to often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.