Border Patrol busts $3.2M smuggling operation near Yuma

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The following is a news released from the United States Border Patrol, Yuma Station.

RAW: Chase, bust

Strategic effort defeats $3.2 million smuggling attempt

YUMA -- Utilizing a strategic combination of infrastructure, technology, and personnel, United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station apprehend two vehicles and seize over 2 tons of marijuana.

On February 19th, at about 9:30 a.m., Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents, with the assistance of the Yuma Sector Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) and a CBP Air and Marine helicopter, interdicted two vehicles carrying over 2 tons of marijuana. The vehicles illegally entered the United States along the Colorado River south of Yuma, Arizona, and breached one of the Salinity Canal gates. Yuma Sector RVSS operators immediately alerted Border Patrol agents, who responded to the area and intercepted the vehicles as they traveled on levee roads.

The smugglers abandoned their vehicles and fled back to Mexico as agents closed in. Responding officers from the Los Algodones, Baja California Police Department apprehended two individuals in Mexico a short time later.

Agents recovered 327 bundles of marijuana from both vehicles, with a combined weight of 4,010 pounds and an estimated value of $3,208,000.00.

The vehicles and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.