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Multiple smuggling attempts at checkpoints thwarted

October 26, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested multiple United States citizens as they attempted to smuggle illegal aliens and methamphetamine through the Highway 78 and Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoints in two separate events on Saturday, October 20.

In the first event at approximately 4:45 a.m., Blythe Station agents encountered a 2017 Ford Focus attempting to travel through the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint. Agents identified the driver as a 50-year-old U.S. citizen. The passenger, a 40-year-old U.S. citizen prohibited from possessing a firearm, was found in possession of a Taurus PT1911 and methamphetamine. The second passenger was identified as a 30-year-old Mexican national unlawfully present in the United States.

In the second event at approximately 8:20 a.m., Wellton Station agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint referred a black 2001 Ford Mustang to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. While in the secondary inspection area, a Border Patrol canine positively alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Agents discovered 14 packages of methamphetamine inside the rocker panels of the vehicle. The narcotics have a combined weight of 15.25 pounds and an approximate street value of $45,750. The driver of the vehicle and lone occupant was a minor from San Luis.

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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