Border Patrol wrapup
A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector over the past 48 hours, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
On Thursday, Ajo Station Border patrol agents apprehended an illegal immigrant from Mexico who admitted to being a member of the Norteños 14 gang. During processing, the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System revealed the suspect had a prior felony conviction in Maricopa County for criminal possession of a forgery device. The suspect was held for prosecution for illegal entry.
On Friday, Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents were called to assist the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for a car accident. A Border Patrol agent, certified as an emergency medical technician, rendered first aid to a woman — whose citizenship status was unknown — after she was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled over. She was flown to a local hospital. The extent of her injuries was unknown Friday afternoon.
On Thursday, Nogales Station agents responded to a distress call from two illegal immigrants who had been left behind by their guide after walking for approximately six days. Agents, the Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine, Pima County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Elephant Head Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and rescued one of the subjects near Amado. A 30-year-old man from Jalisco, Mexico, was found dead.The County Sheriff's Department is investigating.
Illegal immigrants are often abandoned by smugglers in the desert and left to fend for themselves in the scorching heat without adequate water and food, according to the agency, whose agents are often the first to respond to such emergencies.
The Border Patrol continues to warn those attempting to cross the desert about the dangers of high temperatures and rough terrain that can lead to dehydration and death.