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Three caught at checkpoint in vehicle stolen out of Oregon

May 22, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate‑8 Immigration Checkpoint apprehended three United States citizens after they fled from the secondary inspection area in a stolen vehicle Sunday.

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, Wellton Station agents sent a 1993 Honda Hatchback to the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint for further inspection. The vehicle instead fled the checkpoint at a high-rate of speed.

One hour later, agents discovered the abandoned vehicle near Avenue 25 E. Agents conducted a search of the area and apprehended all three individuals.

Record checks on the vehicle revealed it as stolen out of Oregon. All three individuals were turned over to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.

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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