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Border Patrol Arrests 58 Aliens, Seizes more than $600,000 in Marijuana

April 30, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona On Thursday, April 28, Wellton Station Border Patrol agents arrested 58 illegal aliens and seized 1,225 pounds of marijuana in the Sonoran Desert and during the early morning hours the following day. Two of those arrested had illegally re-entered the country while smuggling 218 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. Both men were previously deported and were in violation of supervised release.

They will be transported back to prison to complete their sentences.

Three men were discovered hiding in the trunk of a vehicle as it attempted to pass through the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8. Two of the men are Mexican nationals; the third is Salvadoran. The driver, a U.S. citizen, will be prosecuted for felony alien smuggling.

Out of the 58 illegal aliens, the largest group arrested consisted of 21 men interdicted while smuggling 843 pounds of marijuana. Fourteen of the smugglers are Mexicans; four are Hondurans; two Salvadorans; and one Guatemalan.

Agents also found 164 pounds of abandoned marijuana Thursday, April 28 in the morning.

All drugs were seized, and all arrested individuals will be submitted for prosecution 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. 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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