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Residents Call PCSO to Report 10 to 30 Illegal Immigrants Running Through Their Neighborhood
 
Posted: 12/3/2013 12:00 AM
 
On Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 9 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office began receiving several calls from individuals in a residential neighborhood in the 51000 block of West Jennifer Road outside the city limits of Maricopa. The callers reported between 10 to 30 illegal immigrants were knocking on doors and either asking for food and water or running through their neighborhood.

Deputies responded to the area and were able to locate five of the individuals and one marijuana backpack. All of the other individuals had run into the desert and were never located. The five individuals who were caught admitted they were illegally in the United States.

The five individuals were arrested and transported to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Casa Grande substation where they were interviewed.

Juan Sanchez (age 23 of Oaxaca, Mexico) admitted to coming into the United States illegally through Sonora, Mexico one week ago. He was with a group of 11 individuals who were chased by U.S. Border Patrol after they crossed. Several members of their group were caught. Sanchez was previously arrested for a DUI in California and was deported. He is now back in the United States and was planning to return once again to California.

Daniel Garcia Cruz (age 20 of Oaxaca, Mexico) admitted to coming into the United States illegally through Sonora, Mexico on Thursday with a group of 14 individuals. He said several members of his group were caught by U.S. Border Patrol on Saturday. He was planning to head to California.

Pedro Filimon Ramirez-Garcia (age 24 of Oaxaca, Mexico) admitted to coming into the United States illegally through Sonora, Mexico one week with a group of 11 individuals. He was planning to head to California.

Lorenzo Perez Santis (age 30 of Chiapas, Mexico) admitted to coming into the United States illegally through Sonora, Mexico with 8 individuals 12 days ago. He was planning to head to Tampa, Florida.

Carlos Antonio Grijalva (age 36 of San Luis Potosi, Mexico) admitted to coming into the United States illegally through Sonora, Mexico by himself 15 days ago. While walking through the desert two days ago, he said he found two bundles of Marijuana and decided to carry them.

Two bundles of marijuana were found in the area he was arrested. The bundles weighed 37 pounds with a street value of $27,750. He was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Transportation of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana. The other four individuals were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said, "These illegals pass through western Pinal County on their way to California and Florida. The Tucson Sector of our border is clearly the path of least resistance for hundreds of thousands of illegals who enter here with plans for just about anywhere in America. Only 123,000 were arrested in the Tucson Sector last year. These first hand reports by arrested illegals further prove that the vast majority of illegals are successful in entering the U.S. and immediately rewarded with generous social programs offered by the Obama administration."
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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