Jul 12, 2012 8:24 AM
TUCSON - Pima County Sheriff's Office and Border Patrol rescued a boy scout who had been dropped off in a remote area of the Santa Rita Mountains, known to be a corridor for human trafficking and drug smuggling.
According to PCSO, the 14-year old boy and seven other scouts were on a camping trip yesterday at a campsite in the mountains. The boys are between the ages of 12 and 16, and they were on the trip with two counselors. After having dinner together, the boys were all dropped off at their own individual campsites, in isolated areas, around 6 p.m. last night.
The boys were all given some food and water and told to fend for themselves for the night, in order to earn a merit badge. But a few hours into the night, one of the boys called authorities to say he was scared and needed to be picked up. Around 10:00 p.m. PCSO and Border Patrol launched a search for the boy. He was located at Box Canyon on Greaterville.
According to PSCO's Public Information Officer, Thomas Peine the boy was found with food and water but that, "it has to be taken into account that the area where he was found is a known corridor for human and drug smuggling."
That boy, as well the seven other scouts were all accounted for before midnight. The scout leaders who dropped the boys off were also found and spoke to authorities.
There is now an investigation into what exactly happened, and PCSO will determine whether this warrants criminal charges. As of right now, no charges have been filed.
News 4 Tucson has reached out to the Boys Scouts of America for a comment. Stay with us for the latest on this story and for a full report tune into Tucson Today at 4:56 a.m.