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Agents rescue minor, seize drugs, weapon and cash

November 11, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Monday, November 6, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector rescued a 15-year-old Guatemalan boy, seized more than $81,000, a 9mm handgun, and close to 15 pounds of marijuana during separate incidents.


Agents working the Salinity Canal area near Yuma rescued the 15-year-old when they witnessed him struggling to swim through the canal. Their ability to act swiftly prevented the youth from drowning after his illegal entry into the United States. Agents provided care on scene and the youth didn’t require hospitalization.

Integrated Targeting Team agents in Blythe, California, stopped a vehicle on westbound I-10, they discovered and seized more than $79,000 hidden in the vehicle’s trunk.

Elsewhere, agents assigned to the immigration checkpoint on Highway 95 found a 9mm pistol, ammunition, a variety of pills, and more than $2,000 in cash when a K-9 alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Record checks on the two passengers revealed the 36-year-old driver had an extraditable warrant out of La Paz County, Arizona, for failure to appear.

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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