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Originally posted by jd140
Originally posted by Merigold
reply to post by jd140
What you and several posters don't yet understand is that a criminal has rights too.
You do not give up your citizenship by committing a crime. The constitution is not void if you chose to commit a crime.
In our society the biggest danger is the persausiveness of the following two sentences.
If you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about.
It's for your own good and/or safety.
Thanks to the OP for confirming yet again what a dismal place America is fast becoming. I might add with the full consent and support of most Americans.
They did nothing that was illegal. The OP was the one who broke the law, detained,searched, ticketed and released.
Then he comes on ATS claiming that he was arrested, which he wasn't and that makes wonder what other tidbits he embellished.
He was treated the same way all criminals are treated. Then like a typical criminal he comes here and whines about how he was treated unfairly even though he was wrong.
Yuma, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents conducting traffic inspection duties at a checkpoint about 15 miles east of Yuma on Interstate 8 seized narcotics in separate incidents Tuesday.
The first incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. when a man and woman, both U.S. citizens, entered the checkpoint. During routine questioning agents became suspicious and referred the vehicle for further inspection. Consent to search the vehicle was granted and a Border Patrol K-9 team conducted a non-intrusive search. During the search, the canine alerted agents to the possible presence of narcotics. A detailed search of the vehicle and occupants revealed a minimal amount of marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as narcotics paraphernalia.
A records check of the individuals revealed the woman has six prior drug offenses including a 2005 felony conviction for which she served 180 days in jail and is currently on probation. Yuma County Task Force officials responded took both individuals into custody before citing the man and releasing him with the vehicle.
The second incident also occurred at the checkpoint about 1:30 p.m. when a U.S. man driving a rental vehicle was caught with more than 650 doses of controlled prescription medication. During routine questioning, agents became suspicious and requested consent to search the man’s vehicle. During the inspection, a K-9 alerted agents to the possible presence of narcotics on the driver. A search of the man revealed plastic bags containing 660 pills taped to his leg beneath his clothing.
The pills are identified as Soma, a muscle relaxer; Benzodiazepine, a sleeping medication which has several uses including treating anxiety and preventing seizures; and Aldrazolam, also known as Xanax, which is also used to treat anxiety.
A records check of the man revealed a prior conviction for marijuana possession. The driver and the contraband were turned over to the Yuma County Task Force for further action and the vehicle was returned to the rental company.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.
Originally posted by c3hamby
If you play like an adult, you have to accept the consequences as an adult, not hide behind the loss of some kind of rights.
Hide behind the loss of some kind of rights? Whoa what? The revocation of our rights is a MAJOR issue here. It's not an excuse and the OP is not using it that way. Maybe we should take your free speech rights away or maybe your right to bear arms if you feel they are just "some kind of rights".
Originally posted by 27jd
Oh, we're broke too. That's why Yuma is pulling this crap. I have always wanted to live in San Diego though.
Originally posted by zerbot565
. . . and another thing they sometimes do is they nudge the collar when they get closer and the dog goes bark ravin´ mad because they beleive somethings wrong.
Originally posted by harrytuttle
Whether or not you had illegal drugs isn't the point, and several people seem to be missing that point.
Normally, a police officer is allowed to pull over a motorist only if a traffic violation (anything from erratic driving to a busted tail light) is observed. Then, the officer has probable cause to, say, shine a flashlight into the car to look for illicit drugs.
Though there was no such probable cause in the Yuma County pot cases, the Border Patrol is exempted from that requirement by the Supreme Court, as noted earlier in this story.
Originally posted by Chovy
don't have drugs in your car and you won't get arrested. if you have drugs in your car then you are asking to be arrested, it's the law.
Originally posted by Everwatcher33
Haha don't be mad because you got busted. They have the authority to stop anyone coming into our borders that's what they are there for. And yes the checkpoint is legal. Once they verify your citizenship they send you on your way; however if you are dumb enough to be doing something illegal they can detain you. Normally they call the local law enforcement to deal with you. But if they have been deputized then they are legally local law enforcement get over it, it works both ways they have local law enforcement backing immigration law everywhere.
Just because you are a citizen doesn't mean you can bring whatever you want in the country. It not any different than if you had brought the drugs in by plane and were at an airport. It makes me smile that you think their job is to just deal with immigrants...they are border agents they deal with everyone.
[edit on 5-8-2009 by Everwatcher33]
Originally posted by Everwatcher33
They have the authority to stop anyone coming into our borders that's what they are there for.