Marijuana gifts

A Border Patrol canine alerted to the rear cargo of a Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint Sunday night, which led to the discovery of 29 vacuum-sealed packages containing marijuana.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested a U.S. citizen at the Interstate 8 checkpoint on Sunday after they literally unwrapped more than 35 pounds of marijuana.

According to information provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, at approximately 8:30 p.m., agents referred the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee to the secondary inspection area following a canine alert to the vehicle.

When agents searched the vehicle they found three gift-wrapped boxes in the rear cargo area.

Upon unwrapping the boxes agents found 29 vacuum-sealed packages containing marijuana.

A plastic bag containing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a handgun with ammunition and nearly $2,000 in cash.

The Yuma County Narcotics Task Force took custody of the U.S. citizen and the marijuana, drug paraphernalia, handgun, ammunition, cash and vehicle.

James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.com or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YSJamesGilbert or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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