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Border Patrol seizes more than $91k in drugs

April 6, 2017

WELLTON, Arizona On Friday, March 31, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station seized more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine during a vehicle stop near Wellton, Arizona.

Agents working traffic operations on Old U.S. 80 requested a canine team while on a vehicle stop of a late model pickup. Subsequently, the canine team assisting in the search of the vehicle discovered 30 pounds of methamphetamine in a concealed compartment within the vehicle.

Agents seized the drugs and vehicle and arrested the U.S. Citizen male driver for narcotics smuggling.

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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