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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Drug, Human Smugglers

June 22, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested smugglers transporting humans and more than $167,000 in narcotics during separate incidents over a three-day period.

On Thursday, June 16, agents apprehended a male U.S. citizen and three foreign nationals after finding more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine, valued in excess of $26,000, and a loaded handgun during a traffic stop near Wikieup. The passengers, a Honduran national and two Mexican nationals, were determined to be in the U.S. illegally.

Early Saturday, June 18, agents arrested a male Mexican national, illegally in the U.S., after stopping a vehicle observed circumventing the checkpoint by passing through Dome Valley. Agents also discovered and seized approximately 214 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $96,000, in the vehicle’s trunk.

On Monday, June 20, agents arrested a male Mexican national at the Border Patrol checkpoint on the eastbound lanes of I‑8, east of Yuma. The driver of the vehicle was referred to secondary inspection after a Border Patrol agent observed suspicious behavior. Agents performing a follow-up search with a canine discovered 23 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $69,000, concealed in the vehicle’s engine compartment.

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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