YUMA, Arizona — Approximately 400 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $200,000, was taken off the streets in separate incidents yesterday thanks to the efforts of Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents.
Late Thursday evening, Border Patrol agents recovered a go-kart that illegally crossed the U.S. border along the Colorado River, after its driver attempted to elude pursuing agents. After a brief chase, the driver bailed out of the go-kart and absconded back to Mexico. Agents immediately secured the go-kart, and discovered 203 pounds of marijuana stuffed and strapped inside the vehicle. Agents say the estimated value of the load is $101,500.
Earlier in the day, a Border Patrol canine unit seized 195 pounds of marijuana discovered in the trunk of a vehicle travelling through the Highway 95 checkpoint. The estimated value of the drugs was $97,500.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized 10,327 pounds of drugs while conducting operations nationwide. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
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.