Border Patrol seizes more than $1M in marijuana near Gila Bend

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YUMA, Ariz. -- Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $1 million in marijuana during two separate incidents last weekend.

Wellton Station agents on patrol near Sentinel, west of Gila Bend, were searching for a pickup truck suspected of being involved in illegal activity according to officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. During their search, agents located a silver Chevrolet pickup truck containing numerous bundles of marijuana.

An Office of Air and Marine helicopter responded to the area and reported a second pickup truck to agents on the ground. The agents went to the spot and found a tan Chevrolet pickup, which also contained bundles of marijuana. 

Three suspected smugglers were arrested in the vicinity of the trucks.

The silver truck contained 48 bundles of marijuana, weighing a combined 1,132 pounds and worth an estimated $566,000. The tan truck held 50 bundles of marijuana, weighing 1,079 pounds and valued at $539,500.

Audel Carabes-Diaz, Jesus Elizalde-Borboa and Oswaldo Sanchez-Licon, along with the marijuana, were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The two vehicles were confiscated.