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Attempt to smuggle meth with gun by walking around checkpoint
October 14, 2018
BLYTHE, Calif – Blythe Station Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens and one illegal alien from Mexico with two backpacks filled with methamphetamine and a stolen firearm near the Highway 95 Immigration Checkpoint early Thursday, October 11.
At approximately 1:10 a.m., agents observed two individuals walking around the checkpoint. The individuals then loaded into a 1993 GMC Sierra, already occupied by two U.S. citizens, and traveled north on the highway.
Agents performed an immigration stop on the vehicle and discovered that the two subjects observed walking were a U.S. citizen and Mexican national unlawfully present in the United States. Inside the vehicle 22.2 pounds of methamphetamine was discovered in two backpacks along with a stolen 9mm handgun. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $66,600.
All four subjects were arrested for transportation of a controlled substance. The individuals range in age from 21 years old to 25 years old.
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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