Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 21 suspected drug smugglers and seized 783 pounds of marijuana worth about $390,000 Wednesday and Thursday during three separate incidents.
The first incident happened Wednesday night when agents using night vision equipment working about 20 miles west of Gila Bend spotted a group of 17 individuals walking through the desert.
The group of men, all citizens of Mexico, was apprehended. They were allegedly carrying 503 pounds of marijuana they had trafficked through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The men and pot were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
On Thursday, a group of four Mexican citizens allegedly carrying 143 pounds of marijuana was caught south of Gila Bend. The men and drugs were turned over to MCSO.
Later Thursday, agents came upon an additional 137 pounds of marijuana abandoned in the Mohawk Mountains. Agents seized the drugs for destruction.