Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a juvenile male caught smuggling bundles of marijuana into the country near the Colorado River on Sunday.
At about 7 p.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of an individual riding a bicycle near County 7th Street and the Colorado River. Agents tracked the bicycle’s tire sign to the brush along the Colorado River and located a 17-year-old Mexican citizen, the bicycle and a make-shift backpack full of marijuana.
Agents arrested the juvenile and seized the marijuana weighing 30 pounds with an estimated street value of $24,000. Border Patrol agents ran records checks on the juvenile and discovered that he was arrested near the same area last week.
On July 14, the juvenile was arrested by Yuma Station Border Patrol agents after illegally entering the country. That time, he was arrested after illegally entering the country carrying 27 pounds of marijuana. He was riding a bicycle at the time of arrest.
Border Patrol agents turned the juvenile and marijuana over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.
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.