YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested seven illegal immigrants and seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana in a two-day period.
Monday evening (Mar.9), Wellton Station agents arrested seven illegal immigrants and seized seven bundles of marijuana, weighing 471 pounds, south of Interstate 8 near Mile Marker 102. One of the smugglers had previously been charged with six counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, and two others had extensive immigration-related convictions.
The following morning (Mar. 10), a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Camp Grip Forward Operating Base discovered five abandoned bundles of marijuana, weighing 260 pounds, in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
The marijuana, with a combined estimated value of $365,500, was seized and processed for destruction. All seven subjects were 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.