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Border Patrol agents stop human-smuggling attempt

October 23, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif Blythe Station Border Patrol agents arrested the female driver of a Nissan Xterra and her three male passengers Saturday, October 14 in the afternoon at an immigration checkpoint on Highway 78 north of Yuma.

Agents referred the woman for a secondary immigration inspection of her three male passengers. During interviews, agents learned the passengers were all Mexican nationals who had entered the U.S. illegally.

In accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines, agents seized the Nissan and arrested the woman for human smuggling and the men for 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 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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