Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Border Patrol Agents Seize Marijuana Dropped from Air


Yuma, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents responded to reports Saturday evening of an ultra-light aircraft (ULA) incursion from Mexico and recovered nine bundles of marijuana.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) in Riverside, Calif., notified Yuma Sector of the ULA incursion and agents began tracking the ULA. AMOC notified ground units that the ULA was circling an area near Somerton, Ariz.

Agents arriving in the area shortly after midnight discovered five bundles and a ULA “drop cage” just outside Somerton. They found three more bundles beneath a tree a short distance away and a ninth bundle nearby.

The marijuana, weighing 208.7 pounds and valued at $484,880, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for processing.

As a result of the Border Patrol’s progress in combating transnational criminal organizations and ensuring they face stiff penalties, drug smugglers have sought alternate methods – such as using ultra-light aircraft – to deliver their illegal products to the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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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