15 arrested and 550 lbs. of pot seized

YUMA, Ariz. – Fifteen foreign nationals were arrested in two separate incidents after U.S. Border Patrol (BP) agents caught them red handed smuggling large amounts of marijuana into Yuma County.

The most recent seizure happened Sunday when agents found seven suspected smugglers, two from Honduras and five from Mexico, one of which is a minor. BP agents say they found them south of Interstate-8 (I-8) with six bundles of pot.

The other incident happened last Thursday when agents found eight men, north of I-8, carrying six bundles of marijuana as well.

Agents say the contraband from the two incidents weighed almost 550 pounds and had an approximate street value of about $270,000 combined.

All suspects were processed by BP.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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