Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two drug-smuggling suspects and a convicted sex offender, and seized 349 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $174,500 during two separate incidents this week.
On Wednesday, a Mexican citizen convicted of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child in California in December 2000, and sentenced to 12 years in prison, was arrested. His name has not been released to the public. The man had previously been deported to Mexico in September, but later re-entered the United States illegally. His case will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
On Thursday, agents observed two people walking on the west side of Old Papago road north of Los Vidrios, one of several known smuggling routes through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Yuma. With help from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, agents were able to apprehend the two Mexican citizens and seized 349 pounds of pot.
The two drug-smuggling suspects and the marijuana were turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.