Agents seize $263,000 in drugs; arrest human smugglers  

Agents seize $263,000 in drugs; arrest human smugglers   

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents said they found more than $263,000 worth in meth and marijuana, and arrested 11 people during separate incidents in three days.

Monday night, Wellton Station agents using night-vision goggles observed five individuals crossing the border with bundles of what was suspected as marijuana. Agents said when they identified themselves, the people dropped their backpacks and ran. However, agents rounded up all of them, and seized $98,500 in marijuana.

Sunday evening, Yuma Border Patrol Station agents said they received a call from a concerned citizen reporting four individuals seen emerging from the desert 10 miles outside of Yuma and entering a vehicle parked on the side of the road.  The citizen said the vehicle then pulled into a gas station.  Agents responded to the location and arrested four male migrants that did not have proper documentation.They also arrested a female driver, who is a United States citizen.

Saturday morning, an agent from Wellton Border Patrol station, assisted by a Yuma Sector detection canine, discovered 31 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the trunk of a vehicle near Avenue 20E and Old 80.  The driver, a female U.S. citizen, was attempting to bypass a check point on Interstate 8. The meth is worth an estimated $165,000.

All of the people arrested and the drugs were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

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