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Jun 22, 2012 7:18 PM

Death and rescues in the desert

TUCSON - The Arizona desert proved to be too much for three illegal immigrants who had been abandoned by their smuggler.

Border Patrol agents found the three deceased individuals this week in the West Desert.

They also found another unresponsive man east of Sasabe, and despite attempts to revive him, a local hospital doctor pronounced him dead.

The Border Patrol also rescued several illegal immigrants in distress. They found 7 people Thursday. Two were locked in the trunk of an abandoned vehicle that had no interior trunk release handle.

Thursday morning, a Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter found a disoriented man near State Route 286 and got in touch with Border Patrol agents.

An EMT certified agent then found the man dehydrated, showing signs of hyperthermia.

Later Thursday, agents near Sells found another man who required more than 2 bags of IV fluids.

Monday, agents and the National Guard helped National Park Service rangers with a desert rescue.

Together they saved a 39-year-old Mexican national found suffering from severe dehydration.

Agents also seized contraband this week. Some working near San Miguel found several backpacks hidden in the desert and they contained 2,000 rounds of ammunition plus one pistol.

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