Border Patrol agents with the Yuma Sector near Yuma, Arizona made arrests last week of 14 individuals suspected of smuggling drugs across the southern border into the United States. Along with the arrests, which took place over the course of several days, agents seized one half ounce of methamphetamine and nearly a half-ton of marijuana. All told the estimated street value of the seized narcotics is about $472,000. The first of the multiple arrests and seizures occurred near the town of Quartzite near Highway 95. Agents stopped a vehicle as part of a routine traffic check and after a narcotics sniffing dog indicated the possibility of contraband in the vehicle, Border Patrol agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection area.
Once there, agents conducted a more thorough search of the vehicle and uncovered more than 200 grams of methamphetamines in the vehicle’s center console and in the pocket of a jacket that was in the vehicle. Both the driver as well as the drugs were then handed over to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. But it wasn’t long before Border Patrol agents had another suspect on their hands as just a few hours later, they were on patrol near the Cabeza Prieta national Wildlife Refuge where the found five individuals who had illegally crossed into the US. When agents conducted a search of the area where the individuals were found they discovered several backpacks containing a combined total of approximately 450 pounds of marijuana.
The following day Border Patrol agents saw a small group of individuals walking near Highway 85 and approached them. They were found to be carrying backpacks containing a combined total of 171 pounds of marijuana and two days after that, agents arrested four more individuals in the same area carrying backpacks with a total of 323 pounds of pot. All of the individuals and the drugs in these two incidents were turned over by CBP agents to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.