YUMA, AZ - A total of $1 million worth of cocaine and marijuana was seized in Yuma by U.S. Border Patrol agents in two incidents this week.
The two separate incidents led to the arrest of three alleged drug smugglers, Border Patrol agents said,
Border agents said they used police dogs to inspect a 1991 Lexus 400 at a checkpoint on Highway 95 Tuesday morning. During the inspection, agents found 12 bundles of cocaine behind the firewall and wheel well of the vehicle.
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested the driver of the vehicle as well as seized the car and 27 pounds of cocaine discovered in the vehicle, which was estimated to be worth $889,000.
The following day, agents reportedly observed 13 individuals crossing the Colorado River from Mexico to Arizona, but then fled back into Mexico, leaving several large backpacks on the Arizona bank.
Border Patrol agents discovered 12 bags reportedly full of marijuana and two males from the group nearby. Agents seized the 580 pounds of marijuana in the bags, valued at $464,000 and arrested both men.
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