YUMA, Ariz. –Wellton Station Border Patrol agents arrested 58 illegal aliens and seized 1,225 pounds of marijuana in the Sonoran Desert yesterday and during the early morning hours on April 29.
Two of those arrested had illegally re-entered the country while smuggling 218 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. Both men were previously deported and were in violation of supervised release.
They will be transported back to prison to complete their sentences.
Three men were discovered hiding in the trunk of a vehicle as it attempted to pass through the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8. Two of the men are Mexican nationals; the third is Salvadoran. The driver, a U.S. citizen, will be prosecuted for felony alien smuggling.
Out of the 58 illegal aliens, the largest group arrested consisted of 21 men interdicted while smuggling 843 pounds of marijuana. Fourteen of the smugglers are Mexicans; four are Hondurans; two Salvadorans; and one Guatemalan.
Agents also found 164 pounds of abandoned marijuana yesterday morning.
All drugs were seized, and all arrested individuals will be submitted for prosecution 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.