Border Patrol agents seize 722 pounds of marijuana, arrest 8

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U.S. Border Patrol agents found 23 tightly wrapped bricks of marijuana inside a Chevy Tahoe. By Jennifer Thomas U.S. Border Patrol agents found 23 tightly wrapped bricks of marijuana inside a Chevy Tahoe. By Jennifer Thomas
Metal ramps were used to get the Tahoe over barriers along a shallow portion of the Colorado River at the U.S./Mexico border. By Jennifer Thomas Metal ramps were used to get the Tahoe over barriers along a shallow portion of the Colorado River at the U.S./Mexico border. By Jennifer Thomas
U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a Tahoe carrying 23 tightly wrapped bricks of marijuana with a combined weight of 281 pounds. By Jennifer Thomas U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a Tahoe carrying 23 tightly wrapped bricks of marijuana with a combined weight of 281 pounds. By Jennifer Thomas

YUMA, Ariz. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector arrested eight drug smugglers and seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana in three incidents that occurred from Friday to Sunday.

At approximately 2 a.m. Friday, agents saw a Chevy Tahoe use ramps to drive over vehicle barriers along a shallow portion of the Colorado River at the U.S./Mexico border, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The vehicle then briefly raced through agricultural field roads attempting to evade agents before turning back to the border. When two occupants were unable to get the vehicle back over the barrier, they abandoned the Tahoe and ran into Mexico.

The vehicle was carrying 23 tightly wrapped bricks of marijuana with a combined weight of 281 pounds.

Agents followed tire tracks to the river bed and seized a second vehicle transporting heavy metal ramps used to get the Tahoe over the barrier.

The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the two vehicles were seized by the Border Patrol.

On Saturday night, agents using night vision equipment saw seven individuals carrying large, plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana cross the Colorado River into the United States and then hide in a farm field, according to officials.

Agents apprehended the group, all Mexican nationals illegally in the U.S., and seized 346 pounds of marijuana.

The smugglers were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

An agent working near Dateland Sunday afternoon encountered an El Salvadorian man guarding two large bundles of marijuana. The man abandoned the drugs and ran when the agent approached.

The agent secured the marijuana then tracked down the suspect, who was later determined to be in the country illegally. The two bundles, weighing a combined 95 pounds, were turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.

The combined 722 pounds of marijuana had an estimated value of $361,000.