Ariz. border patrol seizes half-ton of marijuana

By Nicole Squibbs 
The Yuma Sun (AZ)

NOGALES, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth about $879,000 around 10 p.m. Wednesday about 45 miles east of Wellton.

Agents responded to an activated ground sensor and discovered vehicle tracks leading to an unoccupied gray 2006 Ford F-250. Agents found 62 packages of marijuana inside the passenger compartment and bed of the truck, according to a news release.

The truck and drugs were transported to the Wellton Border Patrol Station and then turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the release said.

Yuma sector agents have seized more than 11,000 pounds of pot worth an estimated $8.7 million so far this fiscal year. This is a 38 percent decrease from the same time last year. Operations aimed at stemming the flow of narcotics into the United States are being considered a success, according to the release.

"We are winning the war against human and narcotics smuggling, something I attribute to the professionalism and dedication of our agents in the field, but there is still much to be done," Yuma sector's acting Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon said in the release. "We will continue to use every available resource to locate and apprehend these individuals in hopes of sending a clear message to smuggling organizations that their activities are not welcome in Yuma or the United States."

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