YUMA, ARIZ.—U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector seized $229,000 worth of marijuana and arrested two armed suspects during three incidents over the weekend.
On Friday, agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Sector's forward operating base, found footprints indicating a group of individuals had crossed into the United States illegally. Agents tracked the footprints and found three suspects carrying backpacks filled with more than 100 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana, valued at nearly $137,000, was seized for destruction. The subjects were arrested and processed for removal.
Later that night, Wellton Station agents patrolling 10 miles south of Gila Bend detected two individuals traveling on foot through the desert. Agents apprehended the pair and discovered they were armed with a .38-caliber handgun, a BB pistol resembling a firearm, and a knife with brass knuckles attached. The suspects also were in possession of 3.29 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe (drug paraphernalia), $1,992 cash, camouflage clothing and .223-caliber ammunition. The suspects, weapons and all property were turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
On Saturday, Wellton Station agents patrolling nine miles south of I-8 and Spot Road detected footprints of a group traveling north. Agents followed the footprints and located four abandoned backpacks filled with 185 pounds of marijuana. After securing the narcotics, agents continued tracking the footprints and arrested four individuals. The marijuana, worth $92,600, was seized for destruction. The subjects were arrested and processed for removal.
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.