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.
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.