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Over 50 Pounds of Meth Seized at I-8 Checkpoint

July 22, 2016

YUMA, Arizona On Wednesday, July 20, Border Patrol agents seized over 50 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested a U.S. citizen when he attempted to smuggle the drugs through a Yuma Sector traffic checkpoint. The man was attempting to pass through the immigration checkpoint on I‑8 east of Yuma in a silver Ford F-150 when agents requested permission to perform a non-intrusive search of his vehicle.

After moving the truck to secondary inspection, agents conducted a consensual search of the vehicle and discovered 50 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside its doors. The drugs were valued in excess of $150,000.

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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