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Agents Arrest 12, Seize Nearly $450K in Drugs

October 18, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona Wellton Station agents took a dozen illegal aliens into custody and confiscated nearly 900 pounds of marijuana Friday morning worth almost $450,000.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the group of suspected smugglers were seen hiking through the desert, carrying what appeared to be backpacks of marijuana, through a remote region about three miles south of the Sentinel Rest area.

Responding agents located and apprehended the group, all dressed in camouflage.

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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