Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Joint Field Command - Arizona, seized more than $118,000 on Nov. 10.
Border Patrol agents assigned to Blythe Station conducting roving patrol duties noticed the suspicious behavior and erratic actions of the driver of a blue Nissan Sentra. Agents followed the vehicle, developed additional suspicions and pulled the vehicle over. The occupants, two U.S. citizens, consented to a vehicle search. Agents searched the trunk of the vehicle and found a bag containing neatly folded bed linens. Agents opened the bag and discovered multiple stacks of cash bundled together with rubber bands. In total, agents seized $118,187.52 per Yuma Sector guidelines.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations in Arizona under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona.
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.