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Child sex offender arrested & drugs seized at checkpoints

November 11, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents assigned to Yuma Sector immigration checkpoints arrested four U.S. citizens, including a child sex offender, and four illegal aliens during three separate narcotics and human smuggling events over the weekend of November 3 and 4.

During the first incident, agents assigned to the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint referred a black Chevrolet Camaro to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. After a canine alert, agents searched the vehicle and discovered 37.05 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $111,150, loaded in the rear quarter panels. Agents arrested the driver, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen from San Luis.

On Saturday morning, agents assigned to the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint referred two U.S. citizens to the secondary inspection area. After a canine alert, agents discovered 252 grams of methamphetamine, worth approximately $1,666, within the vehicle. Agents arrested both U.S. citizens.

Later that morning, agents assigned to the Highway 95 Immigration Checkpoint encountered a 34-year-old U.S. citizen from Long Beach, California claiming to be a driver for a ride-sharing company, and four passengers. After additional questioning, the four passengers were identified as illegal aliens from Mexico. Records checks on the driver revealed a conviction in 2005 for Sex with a Minor Under 16 Years of Age out of California. Agents arrested the driver and all four illegal aliens.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

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’s mission includes keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.

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