Feb 14, 2014 1:07 PM by Faye DeHoff

Border agents assist in burglary investigation and discover load of pot

WILLCOX - Border Patrol agents not only arrested a burglary suspect near Willcox, but found several bundles of marijuana in the process.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office asked Border Patrol agents for help Tuesday morning for a possible burglary of a home near Sunizona. When agents arrived at the residence, they discovered several sets of footprints leading away from the home. Willcox Station Horse Patrol agents located and arrested one suspect, 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 suspect will be processed according to Tucson Sector guidelines. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is conducting the burglary investigation.

In a separate incident last week, Nogales Station agents assisted the Nogales Police Department with a burglary in progress. After arriving and learning that the suspect had left, agents found him a short distance from the residence. The Mexican national admitted to being in the United States illegally. 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.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.


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