Yuma Border Patrol Sector agents arrested seven drug smugglers during the holiday weekend and seized 943 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $471,000. Friday, agents working boat patrol on the Colorado River near Andrade spotted several individuals rafting across the water. As agents approached the vessel, the individuals fled back to Mexico leaving 66 pounds of marijuana on the U.S. side of the river.
Later Friday night, agents patrolling southwest of Gila Bend discovered three men on the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range. The men, carrying a combined 77 pounds of marijuana, were following a known smuggling route through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
Saturday, agents found bundles of abandoned marijuana in two separate locations. The first stash, weighing 45 pounds, was located in a cave approximately one mile west of international boundary monument 191. The second load weighed 223 pounds and was located near Davidson Canyon and the Camino Del Diablo road on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
A third stash of 226 pounds was found Sunday hidden among rocks in the Antelope Hills, as well as an additional 25 pounds found in Davidson Canyon. Sunday, agents using night vision equipment 20 miles south of Wellton spotted four smugglers carrying a combined 281 pounds of marijuana across the desert. The men, also Mexican nationals, and drugs were turned over to the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force.