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Border Patrol Agents seize stolen vehicle and cash

April 27, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents in Blythe, California seized a sizeable amount of cash and recovered a stolen vehicle in two separate incidents over the past week. In the first event, Blythe Station Border Patrol Integrated Targeting Team (ITT) agents were performing anti-smuggling operations on Interstate 40 on Friday, April 13.

At approximately 3:15 a.m. they conducted an immigration stop on a 2006 Honda Civic bearing a Georgia license plate. A Border Patrol canine positively alerted to the vehicle. Agents seized $18,540 in cash and other drug paraphernalia. The 25-year-old male driver and 24-year-old male passenger were both United States citizens.

In the second event, agents with the Blythe Station ITT attempted to perform an immigration stop on a 2018 Range Rover at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle initially stopped and then sped off after agents tried to run checks on the Vehicle Identification Number. After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect later surrendered after a short search of the area. During questioning, the suspect stated that he had stolen the vehicle in Tucson, Arizona. The male suspect, a 23-year-old United States citizen, and stolen vehicle were turned over to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.

Both ITT seizures were a part of a concentrated effort on Interstate 40 focused on Alien Smuggling. Agents also apprehended a total of 17 illegal aliens of various nationalities over a two-week period.

Integrated Targeting Teams were established in Yuma Sector to enhance U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Counter Network Approach. They perform synchronized targeting of high-risk transnational and illicit criminal organizations.

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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