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US Citizen arrested for smuggling heroin


December 21, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents seized nearly $41K in heroin and arrested a shuttle van passenger at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint on Wednesday, December 12. At approximately 8:30 a.m., agents assigned to the checkpoint referred a shuttle van to the secondary inspection area for immigration checks.

A Border Patrol canine positively alerted to the backpack of a passenger traveling in the rear of the van. Two cellophane wrapped packages were discovered, weighing 2.35 pounds, which tested positive for heroin. The heroin is valued at $40,984.

The 18-year-old male United States citizen from California was arrested on drug smuggling charges.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

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’s mission includes keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.



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