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Border Patrol stops stolen vehicle

September 30, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station stopped two suspicious vehicles near Blythe, California on Monday to conduct an immigration inspection and learned that one of the vehicles was reported stolen. Agents patrolling west of Blythe stopped a Honda Accord and a Hyundai
Santa Fe.

During the stop, agents learned that the Hyundai’s vehicle identification number (VIN) was the same contained in a report of a stolen vehicle.

Agents contacted the California Highway Patrol for assistance. Once CHP arrived with a canine unit, a subsequent search yielded small amounts of methamphetamine and meth pipes inside both vehicles.

CHP arrested the driver and passenger in the stolen Hyundai. The driver and passenger in the Honda Accord were cited and released.

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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