1,916 lbs of marijuana in a disabled stolen truckPosted on December 15, 2007
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents encountered a disabled smuggling vehicle loaded with 100 bundles of marijuana in the Imperial Sand Dunes west of Andrade, California, Saturday afternoon.
Border Patrol agents from the Yuma station performing routine patrol duties in the Imperial Sand Dunes, observed a group of quads south of their position. While agents made their way toward the group, they came across a white Ford F-250 pickup truck stuck in the sand. Upon closer inspection agents noticed the truck contained 100 bundles of marijuana. Tracks around the vehicle enabled agents to determine that the group of quads had been escorting the pickup out of Mexico when it became disabled in the sand. The group of quads returned to Mexico shortly after agents arrived on scene.
Records checks on the vehicle revealed the vehicle had been stolen out of Calexico, California, on Dec. 11, 2007. The stolen vehicle was originally listed as a black Ford F-350, however the vehicle had been painted white and the F-350 insignia was changed to an F-250 insignia in an effort to disguise the vehicle.
Border Patrol agents were able to free the stuck vehicle and remove it from the area. The vehicle and marijuana were turned over to Drug Enforcement Administration Officials.
The total weight of the marijuana was 1,916 pounds, worth an estimated $1.5 million.