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More than ton of pot found with stolen SUV

Tip leads to vehicle, drugs and ATV

  • Border Patrol agents found 88 bundles of marijuana, an ATV and a stolen SUV on Saturday near S.R. 86.
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol agents found 88 bundles of marijuana, an ATV and a stolen SUV on Saturday near S.R. 86.
  • This SUV was reported stolen.
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionThis SUV was reported stolen.
  • Emanuel Rodas Mora
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionEmanuel Rodas Mora
  • Alfredo Vasquez Frausto
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionAlfredo Vasquez Frausto
  • Jaime Alarcon Hernandez
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionJaime Alarcon Hernandez
  • Madaleno Cruz Rodriguez
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionMadaleno Cruz Rodriguez

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents found more than a ton of pot and a stolen SUV on Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

An off-duty agent called in a tip Saturday about possible bundles of marijuana left near S.R. 86, the Border Patol said.

Ajo Station agents and an Air and Marine helicopter crew found the SUV, an ATV and 88 bundles of marijuana, which weighed 2,173 pounds is valued at $1,086,500, the Border Patrol said.

There were no arrests, the Border Patrol said.

The SUV had been reported stolen and was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department. The ATV was taken to the Ajo Station and the drugs were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In other Border Patrol activity in the Tucson Sector since Friday:

Naco Station agents apprehended a 34-year-old Mexican man on Friday for illegally re-entering the United States. Madaleno Cruz Rodriguez was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 in Fresno, Calif., in 2010 and was sentenced to on year in prison and 60 months probation. He was held for federal prosecution.

Naco agents on Saturday arrested apprehended a 26-year-old Mexican man for illegal re-entry into the United States. During processing, agents found he was convicted in Summit County, Utah, for attempted unlawful sex with a minor. He was sentenced in 2010 to 360 days in jail and 24 months probation.  In March 2011, he was convicted of domestic violence in the presence of a child and sentenced to 180 days in prison in Salt Lake City. He was held for federal prosecution.

Also on Saturday, Casa Grande Station agents apprehended a 27-year-old Mexican man for illegal re-entry. Records revealed an active felony warrant for escape from the Department of Corrections Probation-Parole in Olympia, Wash., and has a record for drug-related offenses. He was held for extradition.

On Sunday, Casa Grande agents apprehended a 26-year-old Mexican man wanted on an active warrant from Eloy for failure to appear. He was held for extradition and will be removed from the United States. 

Nogales Station agents arrested a 31-year-old Mexican man Sunday morning who was convicted of attempted second-degree sexual assault/use of force in Wisconsin. Jaime Alarcon Hernandez was sentenced to 10 months in jail in Sheboygan, Wis., is was held for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.

Also on Sunday, Nogales agents apprehended a 23-year-old Mexican man for illegally entering the United States. During processing, he admitted to being a member of the 18th Street gang and record checks found a 2008 misdemeanor conviction in Taylorville, Utah, for driving under the influence. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 12 months probation. He was held for federal prosecution.

Tucson Station agents apprehended a 23-year-old Mexican man Monday morning for illegally re-entering the United States. Record checks revealed Emanuel Rodas Mora was convicted in 2010 in Chicago for aggravated sexual assault against someone between 13 and 17 years old. Rodas was sentenced to nearly three years in prison. He is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.

Also on Monday, Tucson Station agents apprehended a 38-year-old Mexican man for illegally re-entering the United States. Alfredo Vasquez Frausto was convicted in 2010 in Denver, Colo., for aggravated sexual assault on a child. He was sentenced to two years in prison. He is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon.

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