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More than 9 Pounds of Meth Seized at I-8 Checkpoint

November 2, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – On Monday, October 31, a canine team’s alert on a vehicle at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint east of Yuma resulted in the seizure of 9 pounds of methamphetamine worth approximately $27,000.

Border Patrol agents directed the female driver to a secondary inspection area and found the drugs hidden in the vehicle’s bumper. A records check of the driver also revealed a previous charge of prostitution.

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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