Border Patrol wrapup: Agent rescues woman trapped in car
A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector over the past 24 hours, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Sonoita Station agents apprehended two suspected drug smugglers and seized 790 pounds of marijuana, worth about $395,000, on Thursday near Cottonwood Spring. The suspects were held for prosecution. The marijuana was to be transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
A Willcox canine agent conducting checkpoint operations on S.R. 80 with its team on Thursday alerted agents to a vehicle containing possible drugs. Agents found 59 pounds of marijuana concealed in the doors and body panels. The marijuana, valued at $29,000, and vehicle were seized. The drugs were to be transferred to the DEA. The driver was held for prosecution.
A Casa Grande Station agent helped rescue a woman Thursday after the vehicle she was driving rolled on its side while traveling on Interstate 10. The agent saw the vehicle after the accident. The agent noticed the engine idling, the fuel tank leaking and the driver trapped inside. He struck the windshield with his steel baton to gain access to the trapped woman as two uniformed military personnel stopped to assist. Using a crowbar, they removed the windshield to get the woman out of the vehicle. She had minor scrapes and complained of a headache. DPS arrived and took control of the scene. The woman was administered aid by the Marana Fire Department.
Two people in Agua Prieta threw several large rocks at a Border Patrol vehicle while it was on patrol near the border fence in Douglas. The vehicle's windshield was broken, while the agent was unharmed.
A Nogales Border Patrol agent was dragged by the vehicle of a person who was attempting to flee the Interstate 19 checkpoint Thursday after being referred to a secondary inspection. Two suspects were arrested and will be prosecuted for assault against a federal agent. No one was injured.
A Sunizona resident threw a rock at a Willcox agent’s vehicle Thursday as he drove past the person's home. The resident also made verbal threats against the agent. Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies responded to assist. The resident was held for prosecution. The agent was not injured.