Border Patrol wrapup: Gang members arrested, pot seized
In separate incidents over the last three days, Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection agents arrested two suspected gang members, seized 32 pounds of marijuana, and stopped a suspected runaway from entering Mexico, CBP said.
Tuesday night, CBP officers assisting Border Patrol agents at the State Route 80 checkpoint near Tombstone encountered two males in a black sedan and directed them for a secondary inspection. Instead, the males fled the checkpoint.
Agents later found the vehicle abandoned about nine miles away. Inside, they found 18 bricks of marijuana weighing 32 pounds. The narcotics, valued at $16,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure.
A 30-year-old man with tattoos consistent with the Latin Kings gang as apprehended by agents working in the West Desert on Tuesday. He is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for illegal entry.
Agents arrested a citizen of Guatemala in the Casa Grande area Monday. Records revealed the 28-year-old male is a former 13th Street Sureño gang member with prior immigration violations. He is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for illegal entry.
Also Monday, agents assisting with southbound operations at the Douglas Port encountered a 16-year-old female, traveling with her grandmother. The girl fit the description of a missing person/runaway and was taken to the Douglas Police Department. Child Protective Services was contacted, CBP said.