Yuma Border Patrol arrests smugglers, seizes drugs

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

YUMA, Ariz. -- Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $150,000 of drugs, a vehicle and arrested two smugglers during their patrols this weekend, according to a press release.

On Friday, Wellton Station agents were patrolling near Gila Bend when they saw a man walking toward Interstate 8. The man was apprehended and three backpacks of marijuana were seized.

The marijuana had a combined weight of 139 pounds and was worth an estimated $69,500. The man and the marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Also on Friday, agents found three more backpacks of marijuana in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The agents were tracking the footprints of a group that illegally entered the United States when a helicopter from the Office of Air and Marine helped guide them to the backpacks.

The marijuana in these backpacks had a combined weight of 127 pounds and was worth an estimated $63,500.  It was transported to Wellton Station for further processing.

On Sunday, agents at Blythe Station working at a checkpoint on California State Route 78 referred a car for secondary inspection after a narcotics dog was alerted by the vehicle. As the agents were searching the vehicle, the driver said he had something in his shoes. Agents found 2.6 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $37,500, in the driver's shoes.

The man was arrested and the heroin and vehicle were seized for further processing. The man's two children were turned over to Child Protective Services.

In total, the drugs seized weighed 268.6 pounds and were worth approximately $170,500.