TUCSON, Ariz. –A suspected narcotics trafficker assaulted a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent with a large rock near Nogales, Ariz., early Jan. 25.
At approximately 2 a.m., agents responded to a report of five individuals carrying large backpacks in a remote, mountainous area near Nogales.
An Air and Marine Operations helicopter crew, in conjunction with ground-based detection and surveillance technology, helped guide agents to the suspects. As agents approached, however, the group scattered in multiple directions.
One agent reported that, when he got within 10 feet of one of the suspects, the suspect threw a football-sized rock at him. Although injured, the agent was able to arrest the individual without further incident.
In all, agents apprehended three suspects and seized an estimated 150 pounds of marijuana valued at $75,000.
The suspected traffickers, all Mexican nationals, are now being held pending prosecution. The injured agent is recovering.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.