BP seizes 199 pounds of pot, arrests suspected smuggler
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized 199 pounds of marijuana during three separate incidents and arrested a suspected drug smuggler over the weekend.
On Friday, agents tracking footprints inside the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge found five abandoned backpacks, three of which held a combined total of 137 pounds of marijuana. The remaining backpacks contained food and other supplies. No arrests were made.
On Sunday, agents patrolling the same area found 39 pounds of abandoned pot.
The 176 pounds of abandoned drugs found on the refuge, worth an estimated $90,500, will be destroyed in accordance with Border Patrol guidelines.
Also on Sunday, agents arrested a Guatemalan man illegally present in the United States after they found him traveling through an area about 100 yards north of Los Algodones, Mexico. The man was allegedly carrying 23 pounds of pot across the border. The man, whose identity has not been released to the public, was turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office along with the seized marijuana.