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Border Patrol intercepts group carrying marijuana in wilderness near Yuma

Border Patrol agents stationed at a remote base near the U.S.-Mexico border arrested 10 men and seized 418 pounds of marijuana on Monday, authorities said. 

Agents assigned to Camp Grip, a forward operating base in the wilderness east of Yuma, spotted footprints made by a group of people just west of the Sierra Pintas Mountains, a range that runs north-south on the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refugee, said Francisco Ayala, operations officer for the Border Patrol's Yuma Sector. 

Agents tracked the footprints for several hours and located the group with the help of a helicopter crew from Air and Marine Operation's Yuma Branch, Ayala said. 

The agents also located seven bundles of marijuana, worth around $209,000. 

The men were identified as Mexican nationals in the United States illegally, said Ayala. 

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Around $209,000 in marijuana seized by Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents in the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness on Monday.