Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector seized approximately 388 pounds of marijuana and arrested seven suspected smugglers this morning.
Wellton Station agents patrolling south of Gila Bend detected a group of individuals traversing the desert under cover of darkness. Agents located the group and found each member to be carrying a makeshift backpack filled with marijuana.
The seven subjects, all Mexican nationals, were processed for removal, and the marijuana, valued at $194,150, was seized per Yuma Sector guidelines.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit the CBP Arizona website for more information.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.