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Border Patrol Arrests 2 US Citizens

February 6, 2016

YUMA, Arizona –Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens with active warrants as they attempted to travel through immigration checkpoints this week on Highways 95 and 78. Agents arrested Juan Carlos Maldonado on February 3 after learning he has an active warrant out of Columbus, Ohio, for a probation violation and dangerous drugs.

On February 4, a canine team arrested Alberto Ledezma on an active warrant out of Mount Vernon, Washington, for escaping community custody. Ledezma has felony convictions for assault and burglary. Drug paraphernalia was also found in his vehicle.

Both men were turned over to appropriate authorities.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. 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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