YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,377 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $688,500, and arrested 21 suspects during several weekend incidents.
Agents working west of Gila Bend apprehended seven individuals Thursday evening (Feb. 5) carrying marijuana-filled backpacks weighing a combined 190 pounds valued at $95,000. All seven individuals admitted to entering the U.S. illegally.
On Feb. 6, agents working near Gila Bend found four men with three large backpacks. When agents approached the group, they dropped their backpacks and attempted to flee. Agents apprehended all four suspects and seized the backpacks containing 131 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $65,500.
Also on Friday, agents tracking a group of suspected smugglers in the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge found four abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing a combined 168 pounds worth approximately $84,000. Later that evening, agents tracking suspects in the same area found seven abandoned backpacks filled with 321 pounds of marijuana valued at $160,500.
Agents working near the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge Sunday night (Feb. 8) located and arrested 10 individuals carrying 567 pounds of marijuana-filled backpacks worth an estimated $283,500.
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.