Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station arrested 12 smugglers in the past two days and seized over 800 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $400,000. Agents patrolling southwest of Gila Bend apprehended four smugglers Wednesday carrying 512 pounds of marijuana. Thursday, agents arrested eight smugglers backpacking 289 pounds of marijuana near the Paloma Farm exit on I-8. All 12 individuals are Mexican nationals who had illegally entered the United States through commonly used smuggling routes crossing the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The individuals and narcotics were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.