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US Citizen at checkpoint tries to bring in $407K in drugs

March 20, 2017

YUMA, Arizona U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a 33-year-old female U.S. citizen Thursday for attempting to smuggle more than $407,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. Agents working with a canine team discovered the drugs packed into the spare tire of a Ford Expedition the woman was driving.

The drugs, consisting of over 30 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 28 pounds of cocaine, along with the vehicle, are being processed 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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