Woman jailed

351 pounds of pot found in SUV

April 30, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Suspicious activities by a woman driving a sport-utility vehicle in the Imperial Sand Dunes near the Arizona border Sunday led U.S. Border Patrol agents to uncover more than 351 pounds of marijuana.

The events that led to the drug seizure started Sunday morning as Border Patrol agents spotted a woman driving in the Buttercup Recreation area of the sand dunes.

Agents stopped the woman, who was driving with a child.

She told agents she was in the area looking for motorcyclists for her child to watch, according to Border Patrol Agent Dionicio Delgado, who added he could not release the woman's name.

Delgado said agents told the woman a movie was being filmed in the area and there would be no motorcyclists to watch.


The woman then drove off, but agents saw her return about 1 p.m. to the area. There were several large bundles in her vehicle. Hours earlier there had been no such bundles.

Agents followed the woman, who drove east on Interstate 8 into Yuma and stopped at the home of her boyfriend.

Delgado said agents stopped at the home, contacted the woman and asked if they could search her vehicle. The woman consented and the agents found more than 351 pounds of marijuana.

The woman was arrested at 2:15 p.m. and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Yuma, Delgado said.

The child was taken into protective custody.

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