Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Border Patrol Seizes 241 Pounds of Abandoned Pot


Yuma, Ariz. — CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station seized approximately 241 pounds of abandoned marijuana yesterday valued at roughly $120,500.

While tracking a group of suspects, agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Sector’s forward operating base, located five abandoned burlap backpacks filled with marijuana. The contraband was seized for destruction. Agents continued tracking the group but reported no contact with suspects at the time of this release.

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.

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