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Agents arrest wanted man and two drug smugglers
September 13, 2017
WELLTON, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents conducted two vehicle stops near Dome Valley, Arizona and arrest a man with a warrant and two drug smugglers in separate incidents over the weekend.
On Saturday, September, 9 in the afternoon, agents stopped a 2002 Ford Focus in Dome Valley, near Wellton, Arizona, to conduct an immigration inspection of the vehicle’s two occupants. While conducting a routine records check on both individuals, agents discovered an active warrant for probation violations on the male passenger, identified as a U.S. citizen and convicted felon. Agents then searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun – reported stolen – brass knuckles and drug paraphernalia. Agents contacted the Yuma County Sherriff’s Office, who then took custody of the man, drug paraphernalia and handgun.
On Sunday, September 10, near Dome Valley, a Border Patrol canine team participated in a traffic stop on a 2017 Hyundai rental car. In the process, located more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $18,000, and two handguns and ammunition. The occupants, a 51-year-old male legal permanent resident and his 28-year-old son, a U.S. citizen, were arrested for narcotics smuggling.
“I tell every new agent, before they take the oath of office, that they will be tasked to protect our community and our country against foreign and domestic threats,” said Chief Provaznik. “Cases like these convince me, Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents are doing just that, protecting our communities and our country.
An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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