Busy holiday weekend in Yuma for Border Patrol

Busy holiday weekend in Yuma for Border Patrol

YUMA, Ariz. – Eighteen undocumented immigrants were arrested over the holiday weekend and more than 430 pounds of marijuana were seized.

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the first incident happened near Tacna last Friday. A group of four Mexican men and one Honduran man came into the U.S. illegally with 246 pounds of pot. All five suspects were arrested.

The second incident also happened near Tacna on Saturday when agents found six Mexican men illegally entering Yuma County. All six suspects were arrested.

Sunday, agents arrested another group of undocumented immigrants. This time, seven men walking into the U.S. with about 186 pounds of marijuana. All seven suspects were arrested.

Agents say they were able to make all of the arrests an seizures with help from Air and Marine Operations, Yuma Air Branch.

Some of the men arrested have prior run-ins with the law including: assault, child abuse, theft, rape, weapons and drug charges, according to agents.

The street value of the drugs seized over the three day weekend was more than $200,000.


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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