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Agents seize over 145K worth of hard narcotics

August 20, 2018

YUMA, Arizona U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint seized more than 42 pounds of hard narcotics in two separate smuggling events Thursday, August 16. In the first event at approximately 8:40 a.m., Wellton Station agents referred a gray Xpress shuttle van to the secondary inspection area for an immigration check of its passengers.

During the inspection, a Border Patrol canine positively alerted to the odor it is trained to detect. One passenger on the van, a male 18-year-old United States citizen residing in Mexico was found to have 1.8 pounds of heroin. The heroin has an estimated value of $20,718.

In the second event at approximately 11:10 a.m., agents sent a grey Ford Expedition to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine positively alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. A subsequent search of the vehicle discovered 25 bundles with over 40 pounds of methamphetamine. The driver was a 38-year-old United States citizen male from San Luis, Arizona. The narcotics have worth over $125,000.

All subjects were arrested and all contraband was seized.

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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