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3 suspects arrested in alleged smuggling attempt
Agents from the Yuma Border Patrol Station arrested three suspects for their alleged part in an attempt to smuggle 370 pounds of marijuana across the border Thursday night.
According to agent Enrique Zarate, of the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office, agents spotted a group of eight individuals running east from the Colorado River and throw burlap backpacks into a waiting Chrysler 300.
He explained that at County 12-1/2 Street, where the incident occurred, the Colorado River serves as the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
“It is an area that has been used in the past, due to its proximity to the border,” Estes said. “The border in that area is runs east/west.”
Zarate said once spotted the individuals ran back into Mexico, and the Chrysler attempted to flee. Agents, however, were able to disable it using a controlled tire deflation device about three miles from where the incident began.
Agents then set up a perimeter around the vicinity of County 14th Street and Avenue D, and with the assistance of an Officer of Air and Marine helicopter, was able to locate the Chrysler’s three occupants hiding in a backyard near Sharon Lane.
The narcotics and the suspects were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further processing and prosecution. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $185,000.
Yuma area residents 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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