YUMA, Ariz. â€“ Border Patrol agents, assisted by aviation crews from Air and Marine Operations, Yuma Air Branch, arrested 18 people and seized more than 430 pounds of marijuana during multiple holiday-weekend incidents.
AMO pilots assisted Border Patrol agents near Tacna by guiding them to the location of four Mexican nationals and a Honduran national after the group illegally entered the United States Jan. 15 with 246 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $123,000.
AMO pilots again assisted agents in Tacna on Jan. 16, directing them to the location of six Mexican nationals illegally in the U.S. It was later confirmed that one of the six had an active, extraditable warrant out of Santa Barbara, California, for a probation violation on a felony DUI with a prior conviction.
On Jan. 17, Border Patrol agents arrested seven Mexican nationals near Gila Bend. The group illegally entered the U.S. transporting 186 pounds of marijuana, valued at $93,000. Two of the arrested aliens were previously deported and have histories of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance; assault; injuring a child with intent; theft; rape; lewd and lascivious acts with a child; and carrying a concealed weapon.