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Agents arrest four Mexican Nationals crammed in a car trunk

May 17, 2018

YUMA, Arizona Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint arrested a United States citizen attempting to smuggle four Mexican nationals this weekend.

At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, a Border Patrol K9 team referred a 2018 white Chrysler 300 for a secondary inspection after the Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed four undocumented Mexican Nationals in the trunk of the vehicle with no means of escape.

The driver, a 41-year-old female United States citizen from Tehachapi, California, was arrested for harboring the aliens. The four Mexican Nationals were arrested for improper entry into the US.

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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