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Border Patrol Arrests Alien Drug Smugglers & Aggravated Felon

February 22, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Wednesday, February 22 Border Patrol agents arrested seven adult male illegal aliens during two separate events, one south of Tacna and another near Yuma.

On Friday, on February 17, agents assigned to the Wellton Border Patrol Station’s forward operating base, Camp Grip, apprehended five Mexican nationals caught with 430 pounds of marijuana worth more than $200,000.

On Sunday, February 19, in another encounter Yuma Station agents arrested two Mexican nationals found near Yuma. Background checks revealed one of the individuals was previously removed as an aggravated felon, charged with indecent exposure to a minor and convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

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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