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Canine’s alert stops drugs I-8 checkpoint

April 14, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Wednesday, April 12, Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a male U.S. citizen after finding more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of heroin and over two pounds of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) extract in a Dodge pickup.

After a Border Patrol canine alerted to the truck, agents found the drugs in a spare tire and under the seats. The drugs’ combined value is estimated to be in excess of $327,000.

Agents seized the drugs and vehicle for processing in accordance with 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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