PHOENIX - Authorities say Border Patrol agents arrested 10 smugglers and seized 810 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents on Thursday.
Agents with the All-Terrain Vehicle Unit working near Gila Bend were tracking footprints of a group of men who illegally entered the U.S., according to a press release from Customs and Border Protection.
The four men reportedly tried to run away when agents caught up to them, but were apprehended a short time later.
According to CBP, the men were carrying four backpacks of marijuana with a combined weight of 258 pounds and valued at an estimated $129,000.
Three of the men and the marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The fourth individual is a juvenile and was to be processed for deportation as a narcotics smuggler.
In another incident, agents near Wellton spotted a group of smugglers walking toward Interstate 8, CBP said.
When agents arrived, they took six smugglers into custody and seized 13 backpacks of marijuana. The drugs had a combined weight of 552 pounds and were estimated to be worth $276,000.
The smugglers and marijuana were transported to the Wellton Station for further processing.