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More than 40 Illegal Aliens Arrested, Nearly a Ton of Drugs Seized

May 3, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – It was another big weekend for Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents, as they arrested 43 illegal aliens and seized nearly a ton of marijuana, with an estimated value approaching one million dollars.

In the early hours of last weekend, Border Patrol agents patrolling the Sonoran Desert arrested seven Mexican nationals, and seized 235 pounds of marijuana they had smuggled into the country near Gila Bend. More than 350 pounds of abandoned marijuana was later located in separate incidents in the same area.

Three separate incidents near Camp Grip, Yuma Sector’s forward operating base, led to the arrest of more than 30 illegal aliens attempting to smuggle nearly 1,400 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

Agents also foiled smuggling attempts at two of Yuma Sector’s immigration checkpoints. The first attempt was in Blythe, California on Highway 78, where a U.S. citizen was arrested for attempting to smuggle an illegal alien further into the country. A records check revealed he had an active warrant out of Modesto, California for fraud.

The second incident occurred at the Interstate 8 checkpoint, east of Yuma, when a Mexican national, illegally in the U.S., was arrested for fraudulently using another person’s valid U.S. passport. A conviction of someone falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

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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