Drug Cartel Scout Gets Prison Time
By KATIE CAMPBELL Staff Writer - Tri-Valley Central
FLORENCE — FLORENCE — Beefed up law enforcement efforts to catch and successfully prosecute the scouts who aid drug smugglers traversing Pinal County are paying off.
An 18-year-old was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday for aiding drug smugglers through Pinal County, where news of two more scouts apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol was released Wednesday.
The individuals apprehended by the Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents were located at their scouting camp in a mountainside cave in the Silver Bell Mountains south of Arizona City on May 20, according to a press release. One scout had to be chased down, leading agents on foot “30 feet from a cliff with a dangerous and potentially fatal drop to jagged rocks below” before he was caught. The Special Operations Detachment agents involved in the ground operation were assisted by agents from Air and Marine Operations, which included aircraft and helicopters.
The operation kicked off in the evening with agents flying to the identified location in a UH-60 Black Hawk. The agents fast-roped down to the mountain top as the helicopter hovered above, according to the Border Patrol.