Agents Arrest Permanent Resident For Smuggling

Welton check point on I-8 east of Yuma

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.