Saturday, July 23, 2011

BP agents seize vehicle, pot, arrest smuggler



U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande station seized a vehicle, more than $695,000 in marijuana, arrested one smuggler and treated four illegal immigrants for heat-related injuries Wednesday and Thursday.

Agents working a remote desert area Wednesday discovered an abandoned vehicle loaded with 600 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $362,965. Agents located and followed footprints leading away from the vehicle and found five more bundles with an individual. The suspect was arrested and is being held for prosecution. The marijuana and vehicle were seized and taken to the Casa Grande station for processing.
Agents encountered an illegal immigrant Wednesday near Arizona 86 with visible signs of heat-related injuries and transported him to a hospital for treatment.

A Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team responded to a 911 distress call Wednesday and located an illegal immigrant who was given first aid. He was transported to the Casa Grande station for processing.

Later in the evening, agents responded to another 911 call transferred from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. Agents located and treated two illegal immigrants for dehydration before transporting them for processing.

A Border Patrol spokesman said people attempting to cross the Sonoran Desert on foot face extremely hazardous conditions, yet smugglers continue to put their lives in danger by leading them through the harsh terrain. Smugglers are also known to abandon anyone in the group physically unable to continue.

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