YUMA, Ariz. — Agents patrolling remote areas near the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge recently seized approximately 545 pounds of marijuana in separate incidents worth an estimated $272,500.
Following the arrest of a group of illegal aliens found walking through the desert Thursday, agents backtracked the group’s footprints and located eight abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing 180 pounds and valued at approximately $90,000.
Saturday, agents found seven abandoned makeshift backpacks of marijuana while tracking footprints northbound through the desert. The marijuana weighed a combined 365 pounds, worth an estimated $182,500.
The marijuana was processed 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.