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BP agents arrest 20 men for smuggling marijuana near Gila Bend

Border Patrol agents arrested 20 men, dressed in camouflage and carrying backpacks loaded with marijuana, in the desert west of Gila Bend on Tuesday night, authorities said. 

Agents from the Yuma area using surveillance cameras spotted the men in the desert as they headed toward Interstate 8, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Border Patrol agents, with help from an aircrew with Air and Marine Operations, closed in and were able to intercept the men. 

Of the men, 11 were identified as Hondurans, eight were from Mexico, and one man was from Nicaragua, Daniels said. Each was wearing camouflage and had carpet on their shoes, a tactic designed to hide their footprints. 

In their backpacks, the men were carrying a combined 300 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $150,000, he said. 

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A group of 20 men were arrested by Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents near Gila Bend on Tuesday night for carrying backpacks loaded with a total of 300 pounds of marijuana.