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Border Patrol agents arrest 2 felons, seize weapons
June 1, 2017
YUMA, Arizona – While working Yuma Sector’s immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, a canine alerted to a 1998 Ford Taurus, prompting agents to refer the driver for a secondary. Once in secondary, agents searched the vehicle and discovered a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol in the glove box, along with four loaded magazines.
The handgun’s serial number had been defaced. Also found was a Walther P22 pistol under the passenger seat with one round in the chamber and two loaded magazines. Agents then looked in the vehicle’s trunk and found four loaded AK-47 magazines, a Stag Arms AR-15 556, a Simmons 3-9 X 50 scope, and several knives.
Further investigation on the two occupants revealed both are convicted felons with extensive criminal histories. Both subjects, vehicle and weapons cache were turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety per 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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