Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Agents seize 170 pounds of pot, nearly $42,000 in cash

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized $41,929 and 170 pounds of marijuana in three separate incidents during the past week.

In the first incident, which occurred on Oct. 26, Blythe Station agents conducting checkpoint operations on Interstate 10 referred a black GMC pickup truck to the secondary inspection area after a canine agent positively alerted to the vehicle.

After the driver consented to a vehicle search, agents discovered .4 grams of marijuana and a vacuum-sealed bag containing $32,229. The suspect, currency and marijuana were turned over to the La Paz County Sheriff's Office.

Two days later, on Oct. 28, Wellton Station agents found four makeshift backpacks containing eight bundles of marijuana near mile marker 95 on Interstate 8. The bundles, weighing approximately 170 pounds and valued at $38,450, were seized.

Then on Oct. 29, Blythe Station agents working the same checkpoint on Interstate 10 referred a Pontiac sedan to secondary inspection after a canine alert.

When agents searched the vehicle, they found approximately two pounds of marijuana and $9,700. The currency, marijuana and two suspects were turned over to the La Paz County Sheriff's Office.

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