Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector stopped a smuggling attempt along the Colorado River early Wednesday morning and seized three bundles of marijuana.
Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of two individuals in the area of County 9th Street and the Colorado River at about 3 a.m. As agents responded, the two individuals dropped three large backpacks and returned to Mexico to avoid arrest.
Agents seized the abandoned backpacks, which contained 76 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $60,960. Agents turned the marijuana over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Border Patrol agents contacted Mexican authorities to alert them to the fleeing smugglers. Mexican police were dispatched to the area, but were unable to locate the smugglers.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, Yuma Sector agents have seized more than 20,000 pounds of marijuana.
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.