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Agents seize more than $400,000 in heroin
May 19, 2017
BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, May 17, Blythe Border Patrol agents seized more than 20 lbs. of heroin and arrested two Mexican nationals. That morning, agents conducting bus checks at the Greyhound Bus Station in Blythe, California encountered two male Mexican nationals in violation of their immigration status.
A subsequent search to their arrest resulted in the discovery of 19 packages of Brown heroin hidden within their luggage and concealed in caulking tubes.
Agents arrested both individuals for immigration and narcotics violation and seized the drugs for processing in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.
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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