YUMA, AZ - In three separate incidents on Wednesday, Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector seized 831 pounds of marijuana and $675,100, and arrested 15 people, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Agents in the Gila Bend area confiscated 328 pounds of marijuana after apprehending nine male Mexican citizens who had entered the U.S. illegally, according to CBP. The men carried the marijuana, worth $164,000, in backpacks and were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
In a similar incident in the Gila Bend area, agents located four Mexican men carrying backpacks of marijuana. In this seizure, the marijuana clocked in at 503 pounds and was worth $250,000, CBP said. These men were also turned over to officials from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
The last incident on Wednesday involved the search of a vehicle, where agents found seven vacuum-sealed packages with $675,100 in U.S. currency, according to CBP. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were turned over to the La Paz County Sheriff's Office.