Yuma, Ariz. - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 254 pounds of marijuana and more than $31,000 in two separate incidents yesterday and this morning.
On Nov. 2, Wellton Station agents patrolling near Painted Rock Road located five, abandoned, burlap wrapped backpacks containing approximately 254 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana, valued at an estimated $127,368, was transported to Wellton Station for destruction.
Due to the Border Patrol's increased efforts to disrupt and deny transnational criminal organizations from operating in Yuma Sector, smugglers often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.
On Nov. 3, Blythe Station agents conducting checkpoint operations on Interstate 10 referred a white Honda Accord to secondary inspection. After the driver consented to a vehicle search, agents discovered $31,802 packaged within cinnamon rolls. The suspect, currency and vehicle were turned over to the La Paz County Sheriff's Office.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure, safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.
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.