'Marijuana backpacks' weighing nearly 500lbs. found by border

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YUMA, Ariz. - The following is a press release from the Dept. of Homeland Security:

Sharp-eyed Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Border Patrol Station recover $373, 600.00 worth of marijuana using the age-old sign-cutting tracking techniques.

[Wednesday] night, at about 10 p.m., Border Patrol agents began tracking footprints near the Colorado River when they discovered a total of 44 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana. The bundles, were tied together to form makeshift "backpacks," they had apparently been tossed aside by the narcotics smugglers as the agents closed in.

Agents were able to determine that all of the subjects had returned to Mexico by crossing the Colorado River limitrophe.

The marijuana, with a total weight of 467 pounds and an estimated value of $373,600.00, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.