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Border Patrol Rescues Eight from Harsh Sonoran Desert

Release Date: 
July 19, 2011

Tucson, Ariz. - In six separate incidents over the weekend, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a total of eight people from the desert after they illegally entered the United States.

On Friday, Casa Grande Station agents encountered an illegal alien near Mile Marker 87 on State Route 86. The man requested medical attention after claiming to have ingested methamphetamines several hours prior to his apprehension. He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for further treatment.

On Saturday, agents from the Casa Grande Station apprehended two illegal aliens who claimed to have left behind a female companion. Agents located the woman who was severely dehydrated and convulsing. The woman was airlifted to a hospital for further treatment.

In a second incident Saturday, Nogales Station agents encountered an illegal alien claiming he left behind three companions in distress. Agents located the group of three men in a remote, mountainous area east of Solero Ranch Road. Two of the men were in good condition and the other was vomiting and had severe cramps. Due to the remoteness of the terrain and the condition of the man in distress, the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) along with CBP helicopter responded and extracted the group. The man in distress was transported to a hospital. The other two subjects were taken into custody and transported for processing.

Tucson Sector has more than 200 agents certified as emergency medical technicians and approximately 3,800 agents ready to provide aid to anyone in need. Smugglers continue to put illegal aliens in danger by leading them through the harsh desert terrain, often abandoning them when they are physically unable to continue.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments towards establishing a secure and safe border environment and improving the quality of life throughout the communities in the state of Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity by calling the Border Patrol toll free 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017