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US Citizens Attempt to Smuggle Undocumented Immigrants

September 10, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – On Friday, September 9, two U.S. citizens were taken into custody this morning after Border Patrol agents found four undocumented immigrants in the trunk of their vehicle. Agents working at the immigration checkpoint on I-8 east of Yuma referred the driver for a secondary vehicle inspection.

During the inspection, a canine team alerted to the vehicle’s trunk where agents discovered the immigrants. Following the arrest of the U.S. citizens, agents also found $2500 in U.S. currency.

Rural Metro ambulance service was contacted to medically evaluate the undocumented aliens. Paramedics determined that, in spite of being locked in the trunk of a car, they were in good health with no need for further medical attention.

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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