YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents working near Blythe, California seized more than 10 pounds of Heroin during a vehicle stop on Friday.
Agents conducted the stop on a Nissan Altima and subsequently discovered five packages containing heroin. One male U.S. citizen and one male Mexican citizen were placed under arrest. Agents seized the drugs and vehicle for processing in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that permits 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 can 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.