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One Million in Drugs Seized

October 4, 2016

YUMA, Arizona Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,700 pounds of drugs, valued at nearly $1 million, during separate weekend incidents. Agents apprehended two adult women a permanent resident and a U.S. citizen after finding nearly 48 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $142,000, in the quarter panels of their vehicle Friday. A canine detection team alerted agents when the duo attempted to travel through a Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on I‑8, east of Yuma.

The second incident occurred Sunday, along the upper Colorado River area, when a vehicle illegally crossed the river from Mexico into the United States. Agents briefly pursued the vehicle before it doubled back to the river and the occupants bailed out, returning to Mexico. Agents found almost 1,700 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $840,000, inside the vehicle.

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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