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US Citizen arrested with 90 lbs of meth

July 29, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – Blythe Station Border Patrol agents arrested a 31-year-old woman, traveling with two children, Wednesday afternoon after finding nearly 90 pounds of methamphetamine in her vehicle at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 78, north of Yuma. Agents referred the driver, a U.S. citizen, for a secondary inspection of her 2006 Honda Pilot after a narcotics-detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect.

Agents conducting the inspection found 83 packages of meth, worth more than $267,000, hidden under the vehicle’s rear seat.

Border Patrol agents seized the vehicle and drugs after arresting the woman for narcotics smuggling. Agents turned the case over to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Imperial County office who arrived on seen with a Child Protective Services representative. The two children were turned over to CPS and DEA took custody of the methamphetamine, vehicle and driver.

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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