Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized several bundles of marijuana and arrested four suspected smugglers near the Colorado River on Friday.
At about 2 a.m., Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of five individuals near County 11th Street and the Colorado River. Agents tracked the group and arrested four men. One of the suspected smugglers returned to Mexico to avoid arrest. Border Patrol agents also seized several makeshift backpacks full of marijuana.
The marijuana weighed a total of 217 pounds with an estimated street value of $173,760. Border Patrol agents turned the suspected smugglers over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Border Patrol agents transported the marijuana to the Yuma Border Patrol Station where it will be processed for destruction.
Since Oct. 1, 2009, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have prevented more than 32,000 pounds of marijuana from making it into our communities.
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.