Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector seized approximately 243 pounds of marijuana, and arrested five suspected smugglers, Tuesday morning.
Wellton Station agents, patrolling east of Gila Bend, detected a group of individuals traversing the desert under cover of darkness. Agents located the group south of Interstate 8 near mile marker 97. All five subjects were arrested carrying makeshift backpacks filled with marijuana.
The subjects, all Mexican nationals, were processed for removal, and the marijuana, valued at $121,450, was seized per Yuma Sector guidelines.
The Border Patrol has made significant progress toward combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their ability to transport contraband throughout the United States and ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions.
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.