The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol continues its efforts to thwart the waves of illegal immigration that have flooded the nation and to combat the illicit trade that is directly tied to illegal immigration.
While the Border Patrol is focused on all U.S. points of entry, the Arizona border seems to be ground zero because of the amount of traffic and detentions occurring there.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 820 pounds of marijuana and detained or arrested 11 illegal aliens wearing camouflage southeast of Arivaca last week, one of who had an active arrest warrant pending from Oregon.
“Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents were alerted to a group wearing camouflage and carrying bundles of marijuana in the mountains west of Nogales. Assisted by an Air and Marine Operations helicopter, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents located and arrested 11 men. Agents discovered 36 bundles of marijuana hidden nearby, weighing approximately 820 pounds.
The Honduran, Guatamalan, and Mexican nationals, ranging in age from 15 to 38 years old, are facing federal immigration and drug smuggling charges.
Records checks revealed that a 25-year-old Guatamalan in the group, Mario Felipe-Perez, has an active warrant in Marion County, Oregon, for burglary, domestic violence assault, and contempt of court. The warrant issuing agency was notified Perez was in federal custody, and he is awaiting extradition to Marion County”.–USCBP