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San Luis man arrested with nearly $400,000 of drugs

August 22, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized approximately 20 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 20 pounds of heroin and a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a 19-year-old San Luis, Arizona, man Saturday afternoon.

Agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, east of Yuma, referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Jeep Cherokee after a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from the vehicle. During the search, agents found multiple packages of the narcotics, worth more than $400,000 combined.

Agents placed the male, U.S. Citizen under arrest, seized the drugs and vehicle for processing in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.

“The hard work and unwavering dedication of every man and woman in Yuma Sector can’t be over appreciated,” said Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik. “Their vigilance, honor and duty have made the streets of our country safer through this seizure.”

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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