YUMA, ARIZ.—Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately 257 pounds of marijuana Tuesday morning valued in excess of $128,000.
Wellton Station agents patrolling west of Gila Bend detected a group of seven individuals traveling on foot through the desert. Agents confronted the group carrying five burlap backpacks filled with marijuana.
The subjects are being processed for removal. The marijuana was seized for destruction per Yuma Sector guidelines.
The Border Patrol has made significant progress toward combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their ability to transport contraband throughout the United States and ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions. In Arizona, the probability of being detected and the consequences of doing so are higher than ever before.
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.