WELLTON, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested eight smugglers and seized just over 725 pounds of marijuana during weekend operations.
Saturday, Wellton Station agents patrolling near Gila Bend encountered an abandoned pickup truck containing 20 marijuana bundles weighing nearly 459 pounds located in the bed and interior of the vehicle. Agents transported the marijuana, valued at an estimated $229,400, and truck to Wellton Station for processing as per Yuma Sector guidelines.
Sunday, agents assigned near Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge tracked and located eight subjects with six bundles of marijuana weighing more than 266 pounds and worth an estimated $133,300. Agents turned the smugglers and marijuana over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.
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.