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Border Patrol wrapup

1,300 lbs of pot seized, gang members arrested

A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector since Saturday, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Arrests

Casa Grande Station agents apprehended a 24-year-old Mexican man Wednesday for illegally entering the United States. He had four backpacks of marijuana that weighed 210 pounds and he admitted to being a member of the South Side Riders, a subset of the Sureño street gang. A background check found he has a misdemeanor conviction in Livermore, Calif., for possession of a controlled substance. He faces federal drug charges and will be formally removed from the country.

On Saturday, Tucson Station agents responded to a request from the Tucson Police Department about a suspected illegal immigrant in their custody. The 28-year old Mexican man admitted to entering the United States illegally and to being a member of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang. Record checks also revealed multiple criminal convictions in Pima County including aggravated assault, giving a false report to police, shoplifting, and a drug paraphernalia violation. He was held for federal prosecution.

Seizures

Casa Grande Station agents responded to a report of possible narcotics smuggling Tuesday and found eight abandoned bundles of marijuana and an assault rifle loaded with a 30-round magazine. The drugs, which weighed 403 pounds and are worth $201,500, were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The rifle and ammunition were to be turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On Saturday, Ajo Station agents discovered an abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe that held 43 bundles of marijuana weighing 907 pounds and worth approximately $453,500. Agents seized the vehicle and the drugs were to be turned over to the DEA.

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