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Drugs & Fraudulent Documents Seized – Seven Illegal Aliens Arrested
February 9, 2017
YUMA, Arizona – Starting Thursday, February 09 and over the past 24 hours, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station seized three fraudulent immigration documents, more than 270 pounds of marijuana, and apprehended seven illegal aliens.
Yesterday, three individuals presented false immigration documents to agents assigned to the immigration checkpoint east of Yuma. The individuals were arrested for being illegally present in the United States and the documents were seized.
Soon after, agents arrested four illegal immigrants, south of Wellton, smuggling bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 140 pounds and had an estimated value of nearly $70,000.
In the third event, a canine team assigned to a forward operating base south of Dateland, Arizona, was conducting tracking operations, when the canine alerted to four bundles of marijuana hidden under a thicket of brush. The bundles of marijuana weighed more than 130 pounds and were valued at $65,000.
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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