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Agents Seize Nearly 40 Pounds of Meth at I-8 Checkpoint

May 21, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – On Friday morning, May 20, A U.S. citizen was arrested with drugs in her vehicle when she attempted to drive through the I‑8 immigration checkpoint. After stopping the woman’s vehicle, agents used available technology and the assistance of a K-9 team during a secondary inspection to locate drugs hidden throughout the walls of the car.

Nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $118,000, were discovered during the search.

Nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $118,000

The driver, vehicle and drugs were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

The woman’s daughter was present in the vehicle when the incident occurred. She was turned over to family members.

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.

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

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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