YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents in Blythe, California seized drugs, a loaded firearm, ammunition, and $12,000 following a vehicle stop Tuesday afternoon.
Blythe Station Border Patrol agents conducted an immigration stop on Interstate-10 at 11 a.m. yesterday. A canine alerted to the vehicle leading to the discovery of 0.64 pounds of cocaine, 0.027 pounds of methamphetamine, a loaded .38 caliber pistol, five rounds of ammunition, and $12,000.
The male driver, a 32-year old United States citizen, and all seized property were taken into custody by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity 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.