BP agents rescue four from Baboquivari Mountains
1,300 lbs of pot seized, 44 apprehended in separate weekend incidents
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued four people from the mountains near Baboquivari Peak on Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Two American hikers became stranded after one fell and sustained head and back injuries. The hikers called for help from a cellphone, the Border Patrol said.
The pair was found about 35 miles southwest of Green Valley, the Border Patrol said.
A BORSTAR team and a CBP Air and Marine helicopter were sent to help. Agents also requested a Department of Public Safety helicopter with hoist capabilities due to the rough terrain, the Border Patrol said.
The injured hiker was taken to a Tucson hospital for treatment, the Border Patrol said.
Agents also searched the area after a report of more people lost in the area, the Border Patrol said.
Two people from El Salvador were found and were treated by Border Patrol EMTs for heat exhaustion. One of the people was taken to Tucson for medical treatment, the Border Patrol said.
In other activity in the Tucson Sector over the weekend:
Ajo Station agents seized 1,361 pounds of marijuana while on patrol in the West Desert on Saturday, the Border Patrol said.
Agents responded to potential drug-smuggling activity near S.R. 86 and found an abandoned vehicle hidden in a wash, the Border Patrol said.
Agents discovered 66 bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle. The drugs are worth $680,500, the Border Patrol said.
The vehicle was seized and the marijuana was to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Border Patrol said.
On Saturday, Casa Grande Station agents apprehended a group of 44 illegal immigrants in the West Desert who were attempting to illegally enter the United States, the Border Patrol said.
Casa Grande agents were alerted to activity at the border and found the group two miles west of Sasabe. The people were taken in for processing, the Border Patrol said.