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 approximately 140 pounds of marijuana and arrested a suspected smuggler, yesterday morning.
Wellton Station agents patrolling east of Dateland located four bundles of marijuana near I-8 at mile marker 66. Shortly after finding the bundles, agents also discovered a suspect hiding nearby.
The subject and narcotics, with an estimated value of $70,000, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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.