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US & Mexican citizens caught with more than $350K in drugs

July 20, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Saturday, July 15, Border Patrol agents at the Highway 95 immigration checkpoint north of Yuma arrested two men, a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national, after finding more than 40 pounds of hard drugs hidden throughout their pickup truck.

Agents referred the truck for a secondary inspection following a canine’s alert to an odor it is trained to detect. While in secondary, the canine alerted to the truck’s door panels where agents found several packages of suspected narcotics.

Continuing their search, agents located additional packages hidden throughout the vehicle.

In all, agents seized a combination of methamphetamine and cocaine worth in excess of $350,000. Agents arrested both men for narcotics smuggling and seized the drugs and vehicle.

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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