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Yuma Sector Recovers Approximately $23K in Meth Backpacked Through the Desert

Release Date: 
July 22, 2020

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a pair of illegal aliens who had dumped approximately $23K in meth before being apprehended Saturday morning.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., agents arrested two illegal aliens wearing backpacks southeast of Wellton. Upon backtracking the pair’s footprints agents found numerous packages scattered on the ground containing methamphetamine. The pair had discarded the packages prior to their arrest. The narcotics weighed more than 11 pounds, with an estimated street value of nearly $23,000.

The smugglers were a 22-year-old and a 33-year-old Mexican males.

Both illegal aliens were processed for immigration violations.

Recently, Yuma Sector has begun to see a shift from transnational criminal organizations mainly backpacking marijuana through the desert, to now backpacking hard narcotics such as meth more often. These subjects often traverse through the desert on foot for several days, even up to a week, in order to transport their narcotics to the nearest highway for pickup.

Last modified: 
July 22, 2020