YUMA, Ariz. — In two separate seizures, yesterday, Yuma Sector agents seized a combined 673 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $336,500.
Agents assigned to Yuma Station observed four subjects, each pulling what appeared to be a two-wheeled, hand cart, headed eastbound in an irrigation canal near San Luis. Agents observed the carts contained several large cellophane-wrapped bundles. Arriving at the group’s location, agents arrested four individuals, and found eight bundles containing marijuana. The marijuana weighed a total of 185 pounds, with an estimated street value of approximately $92,500. The individuals and narcotics were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.
Wellton Station agents observed and located a group of individuals carrying square-shaped backpacks northbound near Interstate 8. Agents arrived at the scene and located 10 individuals hiding in brush, and 11 backpacks filled with marijuana. The marijuana weighed approximately 488 pounds, with an estimated worth of $244,000. Nine adult subjects and the marijuana were turned over to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. One juvenile individual was processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.
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