Agents Arrest Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident for Smuggling Meth, Heroin, and Oxycodone
YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate-8 Immigration Checkpoint east of Yuma arrested a 20-year-old male from Guadalupe, Arizona, after finding 12 packages containing three different types of narcotics in his vehicle late Monday.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., Wellton Station agents referred a black 2017 Chevrolet Cruze to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 positively alerted to an odor it was trained to detect.
Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 12 packages of narcotics located in the back seat of the vehicle. Upon examination, it was discovered that the packages contained heroin, methamphetamine, and 591 pills of oxycodone. The heroin and meth have a combined value of $102,488.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 may remain anonymous.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.