The U.S Border Patrol has been working in overdrive in recent weeks, making a number of high-profile busts and seizures, thereby highlighting the expertise of our nation’s Border Patrol agents and other professionals:
Yuma Border Patrol
The Yuma Border Patrol arrested 10 Mexican nationals and seized more than 340 pounds of marijuana on December 11. The marijuana had a street value of about $170,000. Border Patrol agents, in Davidson County on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, found footprints that they used to track down a group of men who had illegally entered the country. All of the men were transporting backpacks full of marijuana.
Nogales Border Patrol
Border Patrol agents of the Nogales Border Patrol arrested two Mexican nationals and an Arizona woman in early December for attempting to smuggle more than 290 pounds of drugs into the country. A CBP agent detected the presence of drugs hidden in the truck bed of the Mexican nationals. Upon inspection, Border Patrol agents found about 227 pounds of marijuana that had a street value of more than $113,000.
Soon after an Arizona woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs in her truck’s fuel tank. The CBP alerted Border Patrol agents to the location of the drugs, which turned out to be more than 65 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $30,000.
Port of Douglas Border Patrol
Two, separate weekend incidents at the Port of Douglas resulted in the seizure of more than $137,000 worth of marijuana. CBP canines alerted Border Patrol agents to drugs in vehicles, one of which was hidden in a truck’s tires and the other of which was hidden in the rear quarter panels of an SUV.
Wellton Station (Arizona) Border Patrol
Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested four men for attempting to transport large bundles of marijuana across Interstate 8. The seized marijuana weighed nearly 190 pounds and had a street value of about $95,000.