Operation Stonegarden flight leads to group arrest

Operation Stonegarden flight leads to group arrest
Pinal Co. Sheriff's Office helicopter (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

AJO, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew assisted Border Patrol Agents from the Tucson Sector with the arrest of a group of men from Guatemala on Wednesday, Feb. 20, southeast of Ajo.

According to a CBP news release, agents using portable surveillance equipment discovered the group in a wash several miles from the Mexican border. The PCSO helicopter, participating in Operation Stonegarden deployed agents and a CBP canine to help locate the group.

Pinal Co. Sheriff's Office helicopter (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Pinal Co. Sheriff's Office helicopter (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

After a half hour of searching the group, consisting of eight men from Guatemala ranging in age from 16 to 43 years of age, was discovered by the canine team. They had reportedly been abandoned by their smuggler, according to CBP.

The group was taken to the Casa Grande Station for further processing of immigration violations, during this processing agents discovered that four of the men had been removed from the U.S. before.

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