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Ultra-light Aircraft Detected Dropping Drugs From the Sky

Release Date: 
April 22, 2015

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $270,000, during two weekend incidents.

Agents working at the Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Center detected an ultra-light aircraft fly over the Colorado River and into the United States.  Yuma Border Patrol agents responded to the area and, with assistance from Office of Air and Marine Yuma Air Branch pilots, recovered 231 pounds of marijuana dropped into an agriculture field.  The marijuana’s estimated value is $115,500.

In a separate incident, Wellton Border Patrol agents tracking a group of individuals that had illegally crossed the U.S. border, found 314 pounds of abandoned marijuana in Gila Bend, west of State Route 85. The group, however, could not be located.  The marijuana’s estimated value is $157,000.

All drugs were seized and processed for destruction per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017