BP finds buried drug
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents found more than 40 pounds of marijuana buried in the Imperial Sand Dunes Sunday.
At about 6:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the All-Terrain Vehicle Unit detected the tracks of a sand rail-type off-road vehicle that had parked next to the international boundary fence.
The agents noticed footprints on the south side of the fence, which indicated possible illegal activity. Following the sand rail’s tracks for about 200 yards north into the dunes, the agents located six bundles of marijuana that had been buried in the sand.
The agents secured the marijuana and followed the sand rail's tracks further into a popular camping area, but were unable to locate it or its occupants due to the high level of weekend traffic.
The six bundles of marijuana weighed about 40 pounds with an estimated street value of $32,360. The marijuana was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Since Oct. 1, the Yuma Sector Border Patrol has prevented more than six tons of marijuana from entering the United States.