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Yuma Sector Agents Seize More Than $300K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
January 7, 2015

YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 600 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $301,000, in separate incidents on Dec. 18.

Agents tracking suspected smugglers near Tacna arrested 13 individuals who later admitted to entering the U.S. illegally.  Agents backtracked the suspects’ footprints and discovered nine makeshift backpacks consisting of 444 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $222,000.

In a second incident, agents assigned to Wellton Station located and arrested two subjects carrying 158 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $79,000, through the desert near Gila Bend. 

All individuals and marijuana were transported to Wellton Station for further processing.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017