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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Border Patrol Seizes 226 Pounds of Marijuana


Yuma, Ariz. — U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station seized approximately 226 pounds of marijuana Friday worth $113,000.

Agents patrolling 15 miles southwest of Gila Bend discovered footprints created by a group of individuals traveling on foot through the desert. As agents tracked the group, they located six abandoned burlap backpacks of marijuana. The contraband was seized for destruction per Yuma Sector guidelines.

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.

All Customs and Border Protection assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command – Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona’s unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit cbp.gov/Arizona for more information.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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