Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector seized a cache of marijuana valued at more than $800,000 after a vehicle illegally entered the U.S. east of San Luis, Ariz. Saturday.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of a 1991 GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle shortly before 5 a.m. about 30 miles east of San Luis, Ariz. The SUV entered the U.S. through a Normandy style barrier that had been cut and moved.
Agents reported the occupants abandoned the vehicle at Avenue 2E and the U.S./Mexico border and fled back into Mexico on foot to avoid arrest.
The vehicle contained 53 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,117 pounds. The street value of the marijuana is estimated at $885,800.
The SUV was seized by the Border Patrol and the bundles of marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol’s toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.
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.