Border Patrol agent assaulted, nabs 3 suspects

Border Patrol agent assaulted, nabs 3 suspects

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Border Patrol agent pulled pepper spray when a suspected smuggler "became combative" near San Simon on the Tohono O'odham Nation, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

The agent came across six people carrying large packs of narcotics on Tuesday, Dec. 15, according to the release. It said the agent managed to catch three of the six and seize 300 pounds of marijuana valued at $150,000.

The bust is one of several this week across Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.

Agents at a checkpoint along Interstate 19 found six pounds of methamphetamine valued at $30,000 in a pickup truck Monday, Dec. 14, according to the release. Two men, a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national, were arrested.

Agents also seized an abandoned horse trailer containing 800 pounds of marijuana in Newfield, south of San Miguel.

Agents caught 13 people near Bates Mountain in western Pima County on Wednesday, Dec. 16. An Air and Marine Operations team helped with the mission that resulted in the seizure of more than 500 pounds of marijuana, according to the release.

Outside Douglas, agents arrested to U.S. citizens for human trafficking. Three foreign nationals were found in a truck, according to the release.

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