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CBP's U.S. Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Marijuana Backpackers

Release Date: 
October 7, 2010

Yuma, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized several bundles of marijuana and arrested four suspected smugglers near the Colorado River on Wednesday.

Marijuana bundles designed as makeshift backpacks

Marijuana bundles designed as makeshift backpacks

At about 10 p.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of seven individuals near County 11th Street and the Colorado River. Agents tracked the group and arrested four men and seized several makeshift backpacks full of marijuana. Three of the suspected smugglers returned to Mexico to avoid arrest.

The marijuana, which weighed 294 pounds with an estimated street value of $235,200, as well as the suspects were turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.

In an unrelated incident, two illegal aliens from Mexico were arrested Tuesday evening in the same area and determined to have criminal histories. One of the individuals was identified as a Sureños gang member and it was determined he was smuggling the other subject from Mexico to Indio, Calif., for $1,300.

Over the last 14 days, agents apprehended a total of 15 illegal aliens from Mexico who illegally entered the country through the same corridor. Eleven of the 15 arrested were identified as having prior criminal histories ranging from possession of narcotics for sale in a prison to burglary. Due to increased illegal activity occurring along the Colorado River, Yuma Sector has increased enforcement along a particular five-mile stretch.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol's toll free telephone number at 1-866-999-8727.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017