YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station seized 624 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $312,000, during multiple operations this morning (Oct. 31).
Agents apprehended two subjects headed north toward Tacna and seized six burlap sacks containing more than 268 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $134,200.
In another incident, agents intercepted two members of a group spotted earlier walking north through the desert toward Gila Bend. When agents arrived at the location where the group was last seen, they found two men and four backpacks containing more than 196 pounds of marijuana valued at an estimated $98,200.
Agents patrolling near Gila Bend found 159.2 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $79,600, along with two individuals suspected to be part of a group agents were tracking in the desert south of Interstate 8.
All individuals apprehended admitted to being in the U.S. illegally and were transported to Wellton Station for further processing, along with the seized marijuana, 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.