- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

TACNA, Ariz. (AP) - A group of Mexican nationals is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into Arizona by traversing a mountainous wildlife refuge.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say agents assigned to the Wellton Border Patrol Station arrested seven people and seized 200 pounds of marijuana Tuesday.

The agents, who are part of a field training unit, learned that Border Patrol agents were tracking the group nearby on the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge..

Authorities say the agents found one suspect hiding at the foot of the mountain.

They then hiked roughly 1,700 feet up the side of the peak and found the remaining six suspects.

They say a search turned up six backpacks filled with marijuana valued at $100,000.

Officials say all seven suspects and the drugs are being processed.


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