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Foreign nationals attempt to smuggle $84K in marijuana

August 16, 2018

GILA BEND, Arizona Ė Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Targeting Enforcement Unit arrested three Mexican citizens and one Guatemalan national after they attempted to smuggle nearly $84K in marijuana along State Route 85 near Gila Bend on Thursday. On Friday, August 10 at about 5:15 a.m., agents observed a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu travelling northbound.

As agents pulled in behind the vehicle, the subjects in the Malibu immediately pulled to the side of the road and fled on foot. One of the subjects was arrested a short distance away and a cursory search of the vehicle yielded three bundles of marijuana inside the trunk.

Agents then tracked three additional subjects for several miles and eventually apprehended them along with two additional bundles of marijuana. The marijuana has a combined total weight of 167.70 pounds and is worth approximately $83,850.

All four subjects were unlawfully present in the United States and arrested for narcotics smuggling. The contraband and vehicle were seized.

The Wellton Stationís Target Enforcement Unit is a specialized team of agents that operates in high traffic areas of human and drug smuggling. The ultimate goal of TEU is to disrupt and degrade transnational criminal organizations operating within Wellton Stationís area of responsibility.

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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