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Border Patrol Agents arrest U.S. Citizen with multiple felony convictions
April 2, 2018
BLYTHE, Calif – Yuma Sector Border Patrol’s Blythe Station agents arrested a male U.S. citizen with a lengthy criminal history, found with narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and cash during an inspection at the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint early Monday morning, March 26.
At approximately 4:45 a.m., agents stopped a 2004 Ford Sport Trac after a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect in the primary inspection lane of the checkpoint. A subsequent search of the vehicle led agents to the discovery of a backpack with two bundles of heroin weighing 0.65 pounds, worth an estimated $11,486. Additionally, 0.1 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $343 was found as well as drug paraphernalia.
The 40-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested on drug charges. The vehicle, narcotics, money and drug paraphernalia were seized.
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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