Yuma, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized several bundles of marijuana and arrested two suspected smugglers Monday.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station detected the illegal entry of five individuals near the Camino Del Diablo and the United States border. Agents tracked the group and arrested two men and seized four makeshift backpacks filled with marijuana. Three of the suspected smugglers returned to Mexico to avoid arrest.
The marijuana, which weighed approximately 167 pounds with an estimated street value of $133,656, as well as the two suspects, were turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.
In an unrelated incident, agents assigned to the Yuma Station were notified of a possible illegal alien near the Colorado River and County 22nd Street. As agents approached the area, they encountered a large abandoned suitcase that was found to contain marijuana. Agents searched the area but did not find anyone near the area.
The marijuana, which weighed approximately 47 pounds with an estimated street value of $38,240, was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol's toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.
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.