Border agents arrest 10 suspected drug smugglers

Posted: 05/28/2011
Last Updated: 1 hour and 36 minutes ago
By: Associated Press

LUKEVILLE, AZ - Border Patrol agents say they've seized almost 1,700 pounds of marijuana in southern Arizona near Lukeville and arrested 10 suspected drug smugglers.

Ajo Station agents using an infrared camera detected a group of suspected illegal immigrants walking in the desert carrying large backpacks Friday night.

A Border Patrol helicopter directed agents on the ground toward the group hiding in the brush.

Agents apprehended 10 suspects and found 38 bundles of marijuana with an estimated street value of $845,000.

Authorities say the suspected smugglers were transported to the Ajo Station and were being held for prosecution. The 1,690 pounds of marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. ... -smugglers