BP and AMO arrest seven, seize $172K in marijuana

Suspected smugglers wore camouflage

near Wellton, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Sector’s forward operating base near the U.S./Mexico border, and agents assigned to Wellton Border Patrol Station apprehended seven undocumented immigrants and seized approximately 345 pounds of marijuana in a remote area of the Sonoran desert south of Wellton, Ariz.

Agents conducting line watch duties on Wednesday said they were contacted by pilots from Air and Marine Operations, Yuma Air Branch, and advised that seven individuals dressed in camouflage and carrying large backpacks had been observed in their area. Agents located the individuals carrying approximately $172,000 worth of marijuana.

Agents identified the group as Mexican nationals in the U.S. illegally. All individuals and the drugs are being processed in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.

 Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

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