400 pounds of pot seized by Border Patrol

400 pounds of pot seized by Border Patrol

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YUMA, Ariz. — Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector report arresting two suspected smugglers and seized more than 400 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents.

Early Monday, Wellton Station agents patrolling southeast of Gila Bend, Ariz., detected a group traveling through the desert with large backpacks. Agents caught up to the group and apprehended two people with 270.5 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $135,250. The marijuana and suspects, all Mexican nationals, were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. 

Hours later, agents patrolling near Camp Grip located footprints from a group of people traveling through the desert. While tracking the group, agents located three makeshift backpacks that were abandoned. The marijuana, valued at $71,750, was seized. 

The Border Patrol reports making significant progress in combating transnational criminal organizations by impacting their ability to transport contraband deeper into the United States and ensuring smugglers face stiff federal penalties for their actions. In Arizona, the probability of being detected and facing consequences is higher than ever before.

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