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9 suspected drug smugglers arrested near Gila Bend

GILA BEND, Ariz. — Federal authorities say nine suspected drug smugglers
are in custody and nearly 500 pounds of marijuana seized at the southern Arizona

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Wellton Station seized 10 bundles of
marijuana and made the arrests Monday.

Agents patrolling near Gila Bend observed a large group of people walking
toward Interstate 8.

A helicopter responded to the area and spotted nine men hiding behind brush
along with the bundles of marijuana.

Agents responded to the area and arrested the nine men from Mexico who entered
the country illegally.

The 10 bundles of marijuana had a combined weight of 488 pounds and worth an
estimated $244,000.

The names of the nine men weren’t immediately released. The men and marijuana
were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.


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