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Ajo agents seize 135 lbs. of marijuana, arrest Nicaraguan suspect

June 10, 2017

AJO, Arizona On Thursday, June 8, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station, assisted by an Air and Marine Operations helicopter aircrew, seized more than 135 pounds of marijuana and arrested one Nicaraguan national southwest of Ajo.

While agents on all-terrain vehicles were responding to sensor activity, an AMO aircrew spotted multiple suspects in the area carrying large backpacks of suspected marijuana. When agents encountered the group, the smugglers dropped their packs and ran. Agents arrested one of the suspects, a 32-year-old Nicaragua man, and seized more than 135 pounds of marijuana.

Agents transported the marijuana and suspect to the Ajo Station for processing, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines. He faces federal charges for drug smuggling and immigration violations.

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 Tucson 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.

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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