Nearly 400 pounds of marijuana seized, 7 smugglers caught near Gila Bend

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Border Patrol agents seized $176,000 worth of marijuana near Gila Bend on Monday. By Jennifer Thomas Border Patrol agents seized $176,000 worth of marijuana near Gila Bend on Monday. By Jennifer Thomas
Border Patrol agents seized $176,000 worth of marijuana near Gila Bend on Monday. By Jennifer Thomas Border Patrol agents seized $176,000 worth of marijuana near Gila Bend on Monday. By Jennifer Thomas

YUMA, Ariz. -- Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized $176,000 worth of marijuana near Gila Bend on Monday.

Agents patrolling the area spotted a group walking northbound south of Interstate 8. As the agents approached, the group dropped their backpacks, scattered and hid, according to officials.

Agents tracked and apprehended seven of the group. They were taken to Wellton Station for further processing.

Officials said the backpacks contained 391 pounds of marijuana.