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Agents Arrest 7, Seize more than 300 Pounds in Drugs

May 24, 2016

SENTINEL, Arizona Border Patrol agents with night vision goggles spotted seven people with backpacks walking through the desert near Sentinel, yesterday morning. They requested air support, while pursuing the suspected drug mules. Pilots from Air and Marine Operations (AMO), Yuma Air Branch, observed the individuals placing backpacks next to a tree, and then continued walking north toward I‑8.

AMO pilots guided agents to the tree, where they found backpacks loaded with more than 300 pounds of marijuana. AMO then led agents to the seven suspects hiding in brush, one hundred yards north of the area. Agents determined that the seven were illegally present in the U.S.

The estimated value of the drugs was over $155,000.

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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