YUMA, Ariz. –Border Patrol agents rescued two illegal immigrants, seized 330 pounds of marijuana and captured nine smugglers during separate incidents Sunday.
Wellton Border Patrol Station received a 911 call from a group of distressed immigrants who illegally entered the United States. With assistance from Office of Air and Marine’s Yuma Air Branch pilots, agents spotted a fire where they located and rescued two subjects. Two other subjects fled the area.
Agents assigned to Yuma Sector's forward operating base near Lukeville, Arizona, used night vision goggles to detect a group of illegal immigrants carrying large, rectangular backpacks through open desert south of the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge. When agents responded on all-terrain vehicles, the group dropped their backpacks and fled to avoid apprehension. Agents arrested all nine subjects and seized approximately 330 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $165,000.
All subjects and marijuana will be processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.