9 held, 400 pounds of mar­i­juana seized in desert near Gila Bend

The Arizona Republic - - Around Arizona -

YUMA — Bor­der Pa­trol agents in the Yuma Sec­tor have ar­rested nine peo­ple in the coun­try il­le­gally who were caught with more than 400 pounds of mar­i­juana.

They say the seized mar­i­juana has a street value of more than $208,000.

Agents work­ing in the desert west of Gila Bend on Tues­day night fol­lowed foot­prints lead­ing north from the Mex­i­can bor­der.

They caught up with the group that turned out to be drug smug­glers car­ry­ing makeshift back­packs of mar­i­juana.

Agents seized the drugs and ar­rested the mi­grants on sus­pi­cion of nar­cotics smug­gling.

Their names and na­tion­al­i­ties weren’t re­leased by the Bor­der Pa­trol.

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