Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately 288 pounds of marijuana and arrested eight suspected smugglers Monday. Two U.S. citizens suspected of fraudulent activity were taken into custody in a separate incident. The marijuana was found by agents assigned to the Wellton Station who were patrolling near the eastern portion of the Barry M. Goldwater Range after they detected footprints in the area. The agents tracked the footprints and apprehended eight subjects and found five makeshift backpacks filled with marijuana approximately 3.5 miles south of Interstate 8.
According to the Border Patrol, all of the subjects were Mexican nationals illegally present in the U. S. The marijuana, with an estimated street value of $144,000, and the subjects were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Team. At a separate location, agents at an I-8 checkpoint conducting immigration checks referred a white sedan to secondary inspection after a canine alert.
Following a second canine team alert, agents searched the vehicle and located a backpack containing marijuana residue as well as 111 fraudulent Nevada driver’s licenses, eight Home Depot credit cards, four Lowe’s credit cards, one camera, a Toshiba Satellite A205 computer and other items typically used for producing fraudulent identification cards, the Border Patrol reported. A records check on the driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, revealed criminal histories including the driver’s suspected involvement in burglaries throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The subjects, vehicle and seized items were taken into custody and turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.
via : Yuma Sun
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