Backpacks Packed With Pot Lead to Arrest in Foothills Area

Backpacks Packed With Pot Lead to Arrest in Foothills Area


YUMA, Ariz. — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested one person and seized marijuana they believe was backpacked from Mexico to the United States on Monday.  

At approximately 4 a.m., Yuma Station Border Patrol agents patrolling near the Foothills area came across two backpacks containing marijuana. Agents noticed footprints leading away from the marijuana and were able to track and arrest one person.   

The marijuana, weighing 115.7 pounds and valued at $57,850, was seized and the subject was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. 

Yuma Sector agents say they have been effective in combating smuggling organizations attempting to transport contraband through southwestern Arizona.  They say the probabilities of arrest and associated penalties cause smugglers to often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.


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