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Border agents rescue migrants, seize drugs, arrest sex offender

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents responded to three different kinds of incidents last week, rescuing two men who crossed the border, seizing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and apprehending a Mexican national previously convicted of statutory rape and sexual battery, officials said.

On May 13, agents from the Brian A. Terry Border Station near Naco arrested Leonel Rayo-Herrera, a Mexican national who was deported after he was convicted of statutory rape of a minor and sexual battery. Rayo-Herrera is currently being processed, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On Sunday, agents from the Three Points substation responded to a 911 call from two men who crossed the border without authorization. The agents treated one of the men for injuries to his left knee and transported him to a nearby hospital.

That same day, agents at the State Route 86 checkpoint near Three Points arrested a U.S. citizen after a drug dog led them to discover 1,006 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $450,000, hidden in several compartments under the truck’s bed and cab, the release said. Agents use tools to cut through the bed to extricate the drugs. 

The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency. 

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Agents at the State Route 86 checkpoint cut apart the bed of a Chevrolet truck to get access to 1,006 pounds of marijuana worth more than $450,000 hidden as part a smuggling attempt by a U.S. citizen on Sunday.