Smugglers toss 370 pounds of pot into car before running back to Mexico

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Smugglers tossed 370 pounds of marijuana into a sedan before dashing back to Mexico. By Jennifer Thomas Smugglers tossed 370 pounds of marijuana into a sedan before dashing back to Mexico. By Jennifer Thomas
Smugglers tossed 370 pounds of marijuana into a sedan before dashing back to Mexico. By Jennifer Thomas Smugglers tossed 370 pounds of marijuana into a sedan before dashing back to Mexico. By Jennifer Thomas

YUMA, Ariz. – Three people were arrested during an attempt to smuggle 370 pounds of marijuana into Arizona Thursday night.

Agents from the Yuma Border Patrol Station watched eight individuals run east from the Colorado River and throw burlap backpacks into a waiting Chrysler 300, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As the smugglers ran back into Mexico, the Chrysler attempted to flee but agents disabled the vehicle using a tire deflation device.

Border Patrol agents set up a perimeter and with the assistance of an Office of Air and Marine helicopter located the Chrysler's three occupants hiding in a backyard near Sharon Lane.

The narcotics have an estimated street value of $185,000.

The drugs and the suspects were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further processing and prosecution.

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.