Arizona Border Patrol arrests 5, seize more than a ton of drugs, in separate weekend incidents

Wellton Station agents seized 500 pounds of marijuana from six persons who had backpacked the drugs into the U.S.

Border Patrol agents with the Yuma, Arizona, sector, arrested five people and seized cocaine, methamphetamine, nearly 2,000 lbs. of marijuana and several vehicles in separate incidents over the weekend.

A press release from Customs and Border Protections Monday said Blythe Station agents seized more than 30 lbs. of cocaine and 15 lbs. of meth Dec. 10, with a combined value exceeding $390,000. The seizure happened after a K9 team alerted to a vehicle at the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on Highway 95. Agents found the drugs in a self-made compartment within the vehicle.

Yuma Station agents seized more than 1,500 lbs. of marijuana, valued in excess of $750,000, near County 11th Street and the Colorado River area on Dec. 11. Agents responding to a pickup truck seen earlier illegally entering the United States followed the driver as he tried to go back to Mexico. The driver then crashed the vehicle into a closed gate near the border and, along with an undisclosed number of occupants, fled on foot to Mexico.

Wellton Station agents apprehended six individuals from Mexico Dec. 12 after they illegally entered the United States carrying backpacks of marijuana, weighing a combined 500 lbs., with an estimated street value of $250,000.

All individuals, drugs and vehicles were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.