Four Illegal Aliens Arrested, 236 Pounds of Marijuana Seized Near Gila Bend
July 2nd 2012 · 26 Comments
Arpaio States “Crackdown Continues Against Illegal Aliens Involved in International Drug Trafficking”
(Maricopa County, AZ) Maricopa County Sheriff’s etectives on Friday located a group of seven illegal aliens carrying 236 pounds of marijuana in the desert just south of Gila Bend, off State Route 85. Four illegal aliens were arrested including a 17 year old.
Sheriff’s Drug Suppression Task Force detectives gathered information about a large group gathering in the desert just south of Gila Bend. When detectives approached the group, two suspects ran into the desert heading south. Detectives completed a search of the desert area and were unable to locate the two runners.
As detectives were processing the scene, a man in a pickup truck pulled over near the group, honked his horn and drove away quickly. He was stopped a short while later by deputies and admitted that he was paid $500.00 to pick up the group.
During an interview with Sheriff’s detectives the group of illegal aliens admitted that they were being paid $200 each to carry the marijuana from the border.
A total of five males, which include four illegal aliens and one U.S. Citizen, were arrested and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on drug related charges.
Arpaio states that during the past 3 days, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 6 Illegal Aliens with seizures of 50 pounds of methamphetamine, worth 1.5 million dollars and 236 pounds of marijuana during two separate investigations.
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