(Friday, June 08, 2012)
Yuma, Ariz. — CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector and a Yuma County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) Deputy seized approximately 200 pounds of abandoned marijuana this morning valued at $101,500.
Yuma Station agents and a deputy were patrolling near County 18th Street and the Colorado River when they discovered footprints of an individual leaving the border area. They followed the footprints and located four makeshift backpacks filled with 200 pounds of marijuana.
Yuma Sector effectively combats smuggling organizations attempting to transport contraband through southwestern Arizona. As a result, the probabilities of arrest and associated penalties cause smugglers to often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.
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.