Border Patrol Seizes 686 Pounds of Marijuana, 5 Arrested

YUMA, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector’s Wellton Station seized a combined 686 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $343,000, and arrested five smugglers during the weekend.
Agents derailed three separate smuggling efforts east of Papago Mountain and south of the Camino Del Diablo road on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
Friday, agents apprehended two Mexican nationals found lying under a tree and guarding 474 pounds of marijuana.
Saturday, three more Mexican nationals were arrested backpacking 127 pounds of marijuana.
Sunday, agents found an additional 85 pounds abandoned in the same area. The smugglers will be presented for prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The narcotics will be destroyed.
The Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector effectively combats smuggling organizations attempting to transport contraband through southwestern Arizona.
Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

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