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Smuggling Attempt Averted, $25,000 in Cash as well as Drugs Seized, Robbery Suspect Arrested

Release Date: 
May 27, 2015

YUMA, Ariz. – Several events occurred over Memorial Day weekend involving Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents.  These successes clearly demonstrate the continued effort by Yuma’s law enforcement community to keep the Yuma County safe.

Friday, a U.S. Citizen was arrested for smuggling five illegal immigrants through Dome Valley. The driver will be prosecuted for alien smuggling, and all five subjects will be processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. 

Friday night, an immigration inspection of a Greyhound Bus in Blythe, Calif. resulted in the seizure of $25,000 from a female Legal Permanent Resident Card holder.  The female had the cash taped to her waistline.  She claimed she was just transporting the money.  The currency was seized as per Yuma Sector guidelines and the female was released.   

Saturday, four abandoned bundles of marijuana were discovered and seized north of Gila Bend and Interstate 8.  The total weight was 185 pounds, with an estimated value of $92,500.

Later Saturday, Yuma Police Department requested assistance in their attempt to locate a male suspect wanted in conjunction with a robbery at the Walmart Store on 32nd Street.  The male subject was encountered at the I-8 checkpoint by a Border Patrol detection canine handler.  The canine alerted to the subject’s vehicle, which was then placed in secondary for further inspection.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the location of methamphetamine, as well as stolen goods.  The driver and vehicle were turned over to Yuma Police Department.

Sunday, a Border Patrol detection canine assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint alerted to the exterior of a recreational vehicle.  A search of the RV revealed 43 grams of heroin, 25 grams of cocaine, two plastic medicine bottles containing unknown pills, two weight scales, three syringes, and multiple articles of drug paraphernalia.  One hundred fourteen grams of marijuana was also found outside the safe.  The drugs were worth an estimated $7,295.  The illegal contraband, driver and vehicle were all turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.  

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017