Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested nine suspected drug smugglers and seized 357 pounds of marijuana Thursday.
The incident happened when agents out of the Wellton Station discovered a group of nine people allegedly smuggling pot inside the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The contraband was worth an estimated $178,500.
On Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector's Wellton Station arrested a group of five drug smugglers a mile south of Interstate 8 near mile marker 96. According to the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office, the group was carrying a combined 245 pounds of marijuana in backpacks, which was worth an estimated $122,500.