Two arrested for allegedly trying to bring 812 lbs. of pot into U.S.

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

YUMA, Ariz. -- Two people were arrested Wednesday night after they allegedly tried to smuggle 812 pounds of marijuana across the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says agents from the Yuma Border Patrol Station saw 10 individuals run from the Colorado River and throw burlap backpacks into a waiting SUV.

The smugglers ran back into Mexico while the SUV attempted to flee the scene. Agents, however, were able to stop the SUV with a controlled tire deflation device.

Two men ran from the SUV but were apprehended a short time later.

One of the men was a Mexican citizen legally in the United States with permanent resident status.

The other man was a U.S. citizen.

The marijuana was estimated to have a street value of more than $400,000.