Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents recently seized three pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 350 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents.
On June 12, Blythe Station agents assigned to the Highway 95 checkpoint referred a sedan to secondary inspection following a positive canine team alert. The driver, a U.S. citizen, consented to a vehicle search. During the search, agents discovered approximately three pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $47,000, concealed inside a disabled fire extinguisher. The narcotics, suspect and vehicle were all turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement- Homeland Security Investigations.
On June 14, Yuma Station agents patrolling near Sidewinder Road south of Interstate 8 observed suspicious behavior by the driver of a Toyota sports utility vehicle. Agents attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over. In an attempt to evade agents, the driver turned his vehicle off-road and became stuck in a ditch. After agents apprehended the driver, 14 bundles of marijuana weighing 350 pounds, valued at $174,000, were found in the SUV. The marijuana, suspect and vehicle were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Border Patrol has made significant progress in combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their ability to transport contraband deeper into the United States and ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions. In Yuma Sector, the probability of being detected and prosecuted is higher than ever before as CBP and partner law enforcement agencies work together to ensure border security.
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.