Operation Sonegarden Leads To Rescue, Arrests Near Marana

TUCSON – On Thursday, a Pinal County Sheriff’s helicopter crew assisting border operations through Operation Stonegarden apprehend a group of 18 Mexican and Central American nationals illegally present in the country northwest of Marana.

The Pinal County crew was alerted to the group’s presence after migrants activated a remote surveillance sensor along a desert trail.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, following a brief aerial search, agents spotted the group, consisting of six nationals from Guatemala, six from Honduras, three from El Salvador, and three from Mexico.

A Border Patrol agent trained as an emergency medical technician found a man in the group medically distressed. The EMT determined the man needed a higher level of care and arranged for the Pinal Air 1 helicopter to transport him to an awaiting ambulance that took him to a local hospital.

The remainder of the group was transported to the Casa Grande Station and processed for immigration violations.

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  1. Greaarticle support accepting grant.

    It not grant but the sheriff napier you can not trust. He is a liar!

    It is like the board of supervisors. Why do we the public bote no on bonds needed to fix our streets & such? It not the need becaaue we all know iy exsist. What is it then?anyone…

    You can not trust these criminals on board to over see the funds. Just like sheriff napier.

    Get high grade for effort in writing the article.

    • Richard, the public votes no on the Bonds because the BOS can’t be trusted with the $$ we give them. I would think you know that! It’s got nothing to do with the “need”.

      With regard to Napier, please give me an example of where he lied.

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