TUCSON, Ariz. – It all began just after 5 p.m. Monday when camera operators got a brief look at a suspicious vehicle traveling north on a Forest Service road outside of Sonoita, Arizona.
Agents nearby responded to an area where the service road connected to Highway 83 but the vehicle didn’t arrive. Agents then headed for the only known outlet, a primitive service road, and searched the area until they located a large SUV parked under camouflage netting. Multiple bricks of marijuana were clearly visible. Agents seized the vehicle and more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $800,000.
Less than an hour later, an agent from the Nogales Border Patrol Station approached an individual, suspected of being an undocumented migrant, approximately a half mile north of the international boundary. The subject fled and climbed onto a pedestrian awning near the Mariposa Port of Entry in downtown Nogales. When the agent approached, the subject began kicking the agent repeatedly in the face. The agent was able to gain control of the assailant and placed him under arrest.
The combative subject, identified as a 15-year-old national of Mexico, was transported to the Nogales Border Patrol Station to face charges, including assault on a federal agent. The agent was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and later released.
Three hours later, agents assigned to the I-19 checkpoint encountered a blue sedan occupied by four individuals. The agent attempting to verify the occupants’ immigration status referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection. During questioning, the two rear passengers provided fraudulent immigration documents. The driver and front passenger, both U.S citizens carrying holstered semi-automatic pistols, were taken into custody. The two rear passengers, identified as Mexican nationals, are being processed in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines and now face deportation.
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.