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After Tracking Illegals through Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge Border Patrol Arrests 10 & Seizes 400 Pounds of Drugs


September 28, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona – On Monday, September 26, agents assigned to Camp Grip, Yuma Border Patrol Sector’s forward operating base near the U.S./Mexico border, apprehended 10 undocumented aliens and seized approximately 418 pounds of marijuana on the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge.

The agents were performing line watch duties when they detected the footprints of a group of 10 individuals traveling on foot on the west side of the Sierra Pintas Mountains. Agents tracked the footprints for several hours and with the assistance of a helicopter crew from the Air and Marine Operations Yuma Branch and finally located the group.

When agents arrived on scene, they discovered seven bundles of marijuana valued at $209,000. All subjects were identified as Mexican nationals in the U.S. illegally.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.



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