July 13, 2010
by James Gilbert
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $800,000 of marijuana on Saturday morning from a vehicle that had illegally entered the country.
Agent Shaun Kuzia, a spokesman for the Yuma Sector, said agents assigned to the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of a 1991 GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle just before 5 a.m. about 30 miles east of the San Luis Port of Entry.
Kuzia said the suspected smugglers drove the SUV into the country after damaging and removing a portion of the vehicle barriers in the area.
Agents responding to the area reported that the occupants abandoned the SUV just north of the border fence and fled back into Mexico on foot to avoid arrest.
Kuzia said the vehicle contained 53 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana that weighed 1,117 pounds, with an estimated street value of $885,800.
The SUV was seized by the Border Patrol and the bundles of marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.