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Border Patrol Agents Seize $829K in Marijuana, Arrest 12

Release Date: 
December 7, 2015

YUMA, Ariz. – Several incidents during the weekend resulted in the seizure of 1,658 pounds of marijuana, worth $829,000, and the arrest of 12 illegal aliens.

On Dec. 4, Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized 469 pounds of marijuana, valued at an estimated $234,500, and arrested five illegal aliens in the Sonoran Desert.

Photo of vehicle stuck alongside Colorado River

Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana after a smuggling vehicle became stuck alongside the Colorado River.

The following morning, Yuma Station Border Patrol agents seized a vehicle and an estimated $359,500 worth of marijuana after its occupants illegally crossed into the U.S. through a shallow point of the Colorado River and became inoperable. Six subjects evaded arrest by running back to Mexico, abandoning 719 pounds of marijuana.

That afternoon (Dec. 5), Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized two abandoned bundles of marijuana, weighing 45 pounds and valued at an estimated $22,500, discovered by Air and Marine Operations’ Yuma Branch pilots. 

On Dec. 6, Border Patrol agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Sector’s forward operating base, seized an abandoned ATV and 247 pounds of marijuana. The drugs are valued at an estimated $123,500.

Also on Dec. 6, Wellton Station Border Patrol agents arrested seven illegal aliens and seized 178 pounds of marijuana valued at an estimated $89,000.

All subjects, drugs and vehicles were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017