Yuma is a city located in Yuma County, Arizona, with a total population of 203,247 as of 2020. The Guinness World Record named Yuma the Sunniest City on Earth with its 90% average of yearly sunshine. The city’s historical significance as a crossing point along the Colorado River and its close proximity to the Mexican border infuses Yuma with a unique multicultural blend.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol, under Chief Patrol Agent Patricia, have intercepted 192 pounds of fentanyl at a checkpoint along Interstate 8 near Yuma. Following a K9 alert, agents discovered narcotics with an estimated street value of $2 million hidden inside a vehicle.
Fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, poses a grave threat to public health and safety and this operation highlights the critical role played by K9 units in enhancing the effectiveness of border security measures. Police dogs are trained to assist K9 units with tons of operations including search & retrieve missions.