Agents ar­rest 8 peo­ple in 3 sep­a­rate in­ci­dents

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

Bor­der Pa­trol agents as­signed to Yuma Sec­tor im­mi­gra­tion check­points ar­rested four U.S. cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing a child sex of­fender, and four il­le­gal en­trants dur­ing three sep­a­rate nar­cotics and hu­man smug­gling in­ci­dents over the week­end.

Dur­ing the first in­ci­dent, agents as­signed to the In­ter­state 8 Im­mi­gra­tion Check­point re­ferred a black Chevro­let Ca­maro to the se­condary in­spec­tion area for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by agent Jose J. Garibay III of the Yuma Sec­tor Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fice, agents searched the ve­hi­cle af­ter a K-9 alert and found more than 37 pounds of metham­phetamine, val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $111,150, loaded in the rear quar­ter pan­els.

Agents ar­rested the driver, a 25-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from San Luis.

On Satur­day morn­ing, agents as­signed to the High­way 78 Im­mi­gra­tion Check­point re­ferred two U.S. cit­i­zens to the se­condary in­spec­tion area. Agents searched their ve­hi­cle af­ter a K-9 alert, and found 252 grams of metham­phetamine worth ap­prox­i­mately $1,666. Agents ar­rested both U.S. cit­i­zens.

Later that morn­ing, agents as­signed to the High­way 95 Im­mi­gra­tion Check­point en­coun­tered a 34-year-old U.S. cit­i­zen from Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia claim­ing to be a driver for a ride-shar­ing com­pany, and four pas­sen­gers.

Af­ter ad­di­tional ques­tion­ing, the four pas­sen­gers were iden­ti­fied as il­le­gal en­trants from Mex­ico. Record checks on the driver re­vealed a con­vic­tion in 2005 for sex with a mi­nor un­der 16 years of age out of Cal­i­for­nia. Agents ar­rested the driver and all four Mex­i­can na­tion­als.

U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials wel­come as­sis­tance from the com­mu­nity. In­di­vid­u­als can re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the Bor­der Pa­trol and re­main anony­mous by call­ing 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Re­port­ing il­licit ac­tiv­ity could re­sult in sav­ing some­one’s life.

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YUMA BOR­DER PA­TROL AGENTS found more than 37 pounds of meth hid­den in the quar­ter panel of a Chevro­let Ca­maro over the week­end, lead­ing to the ar­rest of a San Luis man.

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