Wellton, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector seized more than half a ton of marijuana abandoned in the desert west of the Gila Mountains on Friday.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton station were patrolling near the border when they discovered tire tracks crossing into the United States. Agents followed the vehicle's tire tracks 100 yards north of the International Boundary fence and found an abandoned white 2008 Ford F-250. Clearly visible in the bed and passenger compartment of the truck were multiple bundles of marijuana wrapped in packing tape.
The marijuana weighs 1,029 pounds and has an estimated street value of $823,200. Border Patrol agents transported the marijuana to the Wellton Border Patrol station where it was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle, which records checks determined had been reported stolen out of Yuma, was turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol's toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.
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.