Monday, November 14, 2011

Yuma Border Patrol Agents Seize Large Sum of Cash

Yuma, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Joint Field Command – Arizona, seized more than $118,000 on Nov. 10.

 click for hi-resMore than $118,000 seized by U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma Sector.
More than $118,000 seized by U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma Sector.
Border Patrol agents assigned to Blythe Station conducting roving patrol duties noticed the suspicious behavior and erratic actions of the driver of a blue Nissan Sentra. Agents followed the vehicle, developed additional suspicions and pulled the vehicle over. The occupants, two U.S. citizens, consented to a vehicle search. Agents searched the trunk of the vehicle and found a bag containing neatly folded bed linens. Agents opened the bag and discovered multiple stacks of cash bundled together with rubber bands. In total, agents seized $118,187.52 per Yuma Sector guidelines.

CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations in Arizona under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP’s border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona.