YUMA, Ariz.–Wellton Border Patrol agents arrested 16 people and seized 474 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $237,000, during separate incidents over the Columbus Day holiday weekend.
Friday, Oct. 9, eight illegal aliens were arrested south of Interstate 8, near Gila Bend, with 247 pounds of marijuana.
In separate incidents Saturday, Oct. 10, five illegal aliens with 227 pounds of marijuana were arrested. Another three were rescued and treated for minor dehydration near the Border Patrol’s Camp Grip Forward Operating Base after they called 911.
All subjects and drugs were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.
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.