Tucson, Ariz. — Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents located two subjects suspected in the burglary of southern Arizona homes.
Early Tuesday morning, Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office regarding a possible burglary of a home near Sunizona, Ariz. When agents arrived at the residence, they discovered several sets of footprints leading away from the residence. Willcox Station Horse Patrol agents subsequently located and arrested one subject, a Mexican National, south of the burglarized home. They also found four bundles of marijuana hidden in grass nearby.
The seized marijuana, worth an estimated $80,300, will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The subject will be processed according to Tucson Sector guidelines. The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the breaking-and-entering investigation.
In a separate incident last week, Nogales Station agents responded to a request for assistance from the Nogales Police Department regarding a burglary in progress. After arriving at the scene and learning that the subject had fled, Agents were able to locate the individual a short distance from the residence. The subject, a Mexican national, admitted to being illegally present in the United States. Nogales Police Department is leading this investigation.
Specialty units play a vital role in combating transnational criminal organizations operating in the Tucson sector. Through multi-agency cooperation, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to make significant progress in disrupting and denying criminal organizations the opportunity to operate along the Sonora/Arizona border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.