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Agents seize $218K in hard drugs

February 19, 2018

WELLTON, Arizona – On Wednesday morning, February 14, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seized a mix of narcotics after a canine alerted to a 2007 Toyota Corolla during an immigration stop in Dome Valley, east of Yuma.

After Wellton Station Border Patrol agents stopped the vehicle near Avenue 20E and Old Highway 80, a canine’s alert during the subsequent search led to the discovery of almost 5 pounds of heroin; 25 pounds of methamphetamine; and nearly 5 pounds of cocaine. The drugs have a combined value of approximately $218,000.

The male driver, vehicle and drugs were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

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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