Monday, agents working near the Granite Mountains on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge found a trail of footprints and discovered two men hiding in brush with backpacks filled with a combined 136 pounds of marijuana.
Tuesday morning, agents working southwest of Gila Bend used night vision equipment to locate a group smuggling backpacks of marijuana through the desert. Once the group realized they had been discovered, they dropped the backpacks and ran. Agents apprehended five of the men, all Mexican nationals illegally in the United States, and seized a combined 409 pounds of marijuana.
Tuesday afternoon, agents saw a second group of drug smugglers near Gila Bend. A Border Patrol canine team tracked the group and, within 30 minutes, apprehended three Mexican nationals smuggling 405 pounds of marijuana. The total estimated worth all seized marijuana was $475,000.