Border Patrol arrests 12 smugglers, seizes 467 pounds of marijuana

Yuma, Arizona - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to Wellton Station arrested 12 smugglers and seized 467 pounds of marijuana, Monday.

Agents patrolling near Gila Bend observed a group of individuals carrying large backpacks walking toward Interstate 8.  When approached, the group attempted to elude agents by running in multiple directions and hiding.  Agents tracked and apprehended 12 smugglers and seized 10 backpacks of marijuana. The backpacks contained a combined weight of 467 pounds with an estimated value of $210,000.

The men and marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.