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Agents Seize Meth at I-8 Checkpoint

July 20, 2016

YUMA, Arizona Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national attempting to smuggle narcotics through a Yuma Sector traffic checkpoint, Tuesday morning. The driver of a Dodge van was attempting to pass through the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, east of Yuma, when he was asked permission for agents to perform a non-intrusive search of the vehicle.

After referring the vehicle to secondary inspection, a Border Patrol canine alerted to the rear quarter panels of the van. Agents searched further and discovered 19 pounds of concealed methamphetamine. The drugs were valued in excess of $57,000.

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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