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Agents detect man with meth strapped to his legs
October 20, 2018
YUMA, Arizona – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man lawfully admitted for permanent residence as he attempted to smuggle methamphetamine under his clothing at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint Monday, October 15.
At approximately 8:15 a.m., a shuttle bus was sent to the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint, where a U.S. Border Patrol canine gave a positive alert to an odor it was trained to detect. A 47-year-old male passenger on the bus was found to have approximately three pounds of methamphetamine, with an approximate street value of $9,127, strapped to his legs.
The individual was arrested for the transportation of a controlled substance. The shuttle van and other occupants were released at the scene.
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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.
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