Border Patrol Agents Nab Nogales Teen for Smuggling Meth
TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint arrested an 18-year-old U.S. citizen from Nogales, Arizona, after finding more than 59 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in his vehicle.
Agents referred the teen, driving a Nissan Altima for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Inside the vehicle, agents found 50 packages of methamphetamine valued in excess of $150,000.
Agents arrested the teen for narcotics smuggling and seized the drugs and vehicle; which were then turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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 and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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