Border Patrol wrapup: Gang members arrested
A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector over the past 24 hours, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Douglas Station agents arrested a 21-year-old man from Zacatecas, Mexico, Friday morning for illegally entering the United States. During processing, agents noticed he had tattoos typical of gang affiliation. He admitted to being a member of the Brown Pride Suereño 13 gang. Record checks also revealed he had a prior removal out of Texas. He was held for prosecution.
On Thursday, Douglas Station agents apprehended a 40-year-old man from Mexico for illegally entering the United States. During processing, agents discovered he had a prior conviction in Tucson for possession of heroin with the intent to sell and was sentenced to six years in prison. He also admitted to being an active member of the Mexican Mafia gang out of Texas. He had prior removals from the U.S. through Nogales and El Paso, Texas. He was held for prosecution.
Also Thursday, Douglas agents arrested a 27-year-old Mexican man for illegal entry. Record checks revealed he had a prior arrest in Sandy, Utah, for unlawful sexual activity with a minor and a prior removal. He was held for prosecution.
Ajo Station agents patrolling Thursday near the Papago Farms Forward Operating Base stopped a truck driving off road. A canine alerted agents to possible drugs that led to the discovery of 216 packages of marijuana concealed in the floorboards and bed of the truck. The driver, a 38-year-old U.S. citizen, was taken into custody. The truck and pot were seized and transported to the station for processing. The marijuana, which weighed 850 pounds and was worth $426,000, was to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Ajo Station agents responded to a request for assistance Thursday night from the Tohono O’odham Police Department in locating a missing 72-year-old man who had wandered away from his village near Hickiwan. Agents found the man 90 minutes later approximately two miles from his home. He was taken to Sells Emergency Medical Services.