U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector seized over 1,100 pounds of marijuana early Monday morning.
Agents assigned to Yuma Station were conducting line-watch patrol duties when they noticed a vehicle driving northbound away from the international boundary line. As the agents began to follow the vehicle, a burgundy 1999 Dodge Durango, the truck changed directions and drove southeast towards Mexico. Agents located the vehicle and, upon securing it, discovered 48 bundles of marijuana located inside. Both suspects returned to Mexico and evaded apprehension.
The half ton of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $885,840, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.
In an unrelated incident, Monday, agents assigned to Yuma Station encountered six individuals near County 23rd Street and the Salinity Canal west of the San Luis, Ariz. Port of Entry. Five of the six individuals were carrying luggage bags which contained 90 small bricks of marijuana, weighing a total of 256 pounds.
The marijuana, with an estimated street value of $205,040, and the suspects, were turned over to the Yuma Narcotics Task Force.