YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Border Patrol agents thwarted their third major bust in three days. The methamphetamine smuggling attempt occurred in the desert south of Dateland, Arizona, on Tuesday.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., agents detected, tracked and apprehended a group of six migrants attempting to smuggle 109 pounds of methamphetamine in backpacks. When agents encountered the group in the Mohawk valley east of the Sierra Pinta Mountains, the migrants tried to flee the area. A Yuma Air Branch air interdiction agent monitored the migrants and guided agents on the ground to their location.
All migrants in the group were arrested and transported to the Wellton station for further processing and the methamphetamine, which has an estimated value of $196,000, was seized.