117 lbs of marijuana was also seized from 5 of the subjects

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested seven people and seized a smuggling vehicle after the group attempted to smuggle more than 117 pounds of marijuana into the country early Saturday morning.

About 4:30 a.m. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma station arrested five Mexican citizens who illegally entered the United States about 1.5 miles east of the San Luis, Ariz. Port of Entry. The five individuals used rope ladders in order to climb the secondary fence where Border Patrol agents were lying in wait. Each of the five individuals was carrying a back pack full of marijuana.

While apprehending the five subjects, Border Patrol agents were alerted to a suspicious Jeep Cherokee in the area just north of their location. Agents stopped the vehicle and determined that the two U.S. citizen occupants were involved in the smuggling operation. All seven people arrested were juveniles ranging from 12- 17 years old.

The San Luis Police responded to the scene and took custody of all seven individuals, the vehicle and the marijuana. Criminal charges are being sought on all seven subjects.

Source: U.S.Customs

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