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Agents Seize Drugs with a Combined Value Exceeding $445,000

July 16, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona – On Thursday, July 14, Wellton Station agents seized more than $445,000 in narcotics and arrested a U.S. citizen, during an attempt to smuggle the drugs through a Border Patrol checkpoint. Agents made the discovery of drugs after they stopped the man at the Border Patrol checkpoint on the eastbound side of I‑8, east of Yuma.

Acting on the vehicle driver’s nervous behavior and his delivery of conflicting information, the agents directed him to secondary inspection. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the spare tire of the vehicle located underneath the bed of the truck. A subsequent search of the spare tire led to the discovery of 53 pounds of methamphetamine, almost 22 pounds of cocaine, and two pounds of black tar heroin. The drugs have a combined value exceeding $445,000.

“Last night’s seizure is an example of the outstanding work the men and women of Yuma Sector do every day to protect our community and the citizens of this great Nation,” says Acting Chief Patrol Agent Mario Villarreal. “Were it not for the checkpoint and the commitment of the Border Patrol agents manning it, a significant amount of dangerous drugs would find their way into the inner-cities of our country and feed those who are helpless against their addictions.”

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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