Yuma, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 66 pounds of marijuana and arrested a member of the MS-13 gang during separate incidents on Saturday, October 13.
Wellton Station agents patrolling near Gila Bend early in the morning, discovered two individuals walking in the desert and carrying large backpacks. Agents apprehended the pair and discovered the backpacks were filled with approximately $33,000 worth of marijuana. The marijuana was seized for destruction. The suspects, both Mexican nationals, were processed for removal.
On Saturday evening, Yuma Station agents patrolling near Andrade, Calif., observed the illegal entry of four subjects. Agents responded to the area on ATVs and apprehended the group. During processing, agents learned one of the subjects was a Honduran national and a member of the MS-13 gang. The suspected gang member was last deported in April of this year and is now being held for prosecution.
The Yuma Sector has made significant progress in securing Arizona's southwest border. The probability of smugglers being arrested and facing legal consequences is greater now than ever before.
CBP officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the CBP Border Patrol at (866) 999-8727, toll free.
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.