BP agents arrest seven suspected smugglers

BP agents arrest seven suspected smugglers

YUMA, Ariz. – Seven men were arrested suspected of smuggling hundreds of pounds of marijuana into the U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the group was first seen carrying backpacks with the use of night-vision goggles near Sentinel early Sunday morning.

Agents say they requested support from Air and Marine Operation (AMO) Yuma Air Branch pilots in order to keep track of the group. The men were then seen placing the backpacks by a tree and walking towards Interstate 8.

AMO led agents to the backpacks and to the men who were about 100 yards north of the drugs.

The men, who were all undocumented immigrants, were arrested.

The pot had an estimated street value of about $155,000, according to agents.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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