YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately 359 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $179,500, in separate incidents Tuesday.
Agents tracking suspected smugglers near Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge, with assistance from an Office of Air and Marine Yuma Air Branch aircrew, found five abandoned marijuana bundles. Agents then followed footprints found next to the marijuana and tracked down five individuals. The marijuana weighed 247 pounds and has an estimated worth of $123,500.
Other agents working near Sentinel, Arizona found three abandoned marijuana packs south of Interstate 8. The marijuana, weighing 112 pounds, is valued at $56,000.
All individuals and marijuana were transported to Wellton Station for further processing.
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.