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Wellton K9 Alerts Agents to more than Half Million in Drugs

January 21, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Friday, January 20, Border Patrol agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of Yuma apprehended a male U.S. citizen after finding nearly $536,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin hidden in his vehicle’s spare tire Thursday, thanks to a canine’s alert.

After agents located 39 pounds of meth and 24 pounds of heroin, they arrested the driver and seized the drugs and vehicle for processing 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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