United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector seized 831 pounds of marijuana, seized $675,000 in currency, and arrested 15 people in three separate incidents Wednesday. In the initial incident, agents patrolling near Gila Bend apprehended nine male Mexican nationals south of I-8, who had entered the U.S. illegally with seven backpacks of marijuana. The marijuana, with a combined weight of 328 pounds, was worth an estimated $164,000. The men and marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
In another incident, agents also patrolling near Gila Bend tracked a group of people who had entered the country illegally and eventually located and apprehended four male Mexican nationals. A search of the area revealed eight backpacks of marijuana weighing a total of 503 pounds worth an estimated $250,000. The aliens and marijuana were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
In a third incident, agents patrolling near I-10 performed a vehicle stop on a Chevrolet pickup truck. Agents received consent from the driver to search the vehicle and found seven vacuum-sealed packages containing $675,000 in United States currency. The driver, passenger and currency were turned over to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.