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Canine finds heroin at Immigration Checkpoint
January 10, 2018
YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents working with a canine at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a Mexican woman Saturday after finding more than 5 pounds of heroin, worth almost $90,000, strapped around her waist.
Agents discovered the drugs after a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from a shuttle van, in which she was a passenger.
The woman and drugs were processed in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines. The shuttle van and other passengers were released without incident.
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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