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Border Patrol rescues eight from desert

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Border Patrol rescues eight from desert

Illegal immigrant sought help after taking drugs

Border Patrol agents rescued eight people from the desert over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

On Friday, Casa Grande Station agents found an illegal immigrant on S.R. 86. The man asked for medical attention because he said he took methamphetamine several hours prior. He was transported to a hospital for further treatment.

On Saturday, agents from the Casa Grande Station apprehended two illegal immigrants who said they left behind a female companion. Agents found the woman who was severely dehydrated and convulsing. She was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.  

Also on Saturday, Nogales Station agents found a man who said he left behind three companions in distress. Agents found the men in a remote, mountainous area east of Solero Ranch Road. Two were in good condition, but the third was ill. The Border Patrol's Search, Trauma and Rescue Unit and a CBP helicopter responded. The ill man was taken to a hospital. The others were transported for processing.

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