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Illegal from Mexico Deported 16 Previous Times Arrested For Smuggling 213 Pounds Of Marijuana
Posted: 8/22/2014 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit was on patrol in the “Vekol Valley” area along Interstate 8, outside of Stanfield. This area is well known as being a major smuggling corridor used by the cartels to smuggle drugs and humans.

A deputy assigned to the search and rescue unit located fresh shoe impressions of a group walking northbound from Interstate 8. The deputy started tracking the individuals through the desert as he broadcast the group’s direction of travel to the other search and rescue deputies in the area.

The deputy who originally located the shoe impressions then drove to the area of White and Parker Road where it intersects with the Central Arizona Project Canal (CAP). There he noticed an adult Hispanic male who was dressed in a camouflage shirt. This individual verbally identified himself as Aaron Marquez-Quintero (age 36 from Mexico) and admitted to being in the U.S illegally. After checking the sole ofMarquez-Quintero’s shoes it was confirmed he was one of the subjects in the group the deputy was tracking. During questioning, Marquez-Quintero claimed to be traveling alone.

After searching the immediate area, deputies located three additional illegals from Mexico. They also located four large backpack bundles of Marijuana, totaling 213.4 pounds, valued at $106,700 dollars.

The three additional illegals were identified as Herman Garcia-Cruz (age 25 from Mexico), Alizio Dial-Argos (age 21 from Mexico) and Cesar Banegas-Gonzalez (age 19 from Mexico).

All four subjects were taken to the United States Border Patrol substation in Casa Grande for confirmation on the identification they provided. Border Patrol reported Aaron Marquez-Quintero has been deported on sixteen previous occasions. The other three have not previously been deported.

After being interviewed, all four illegals admitted to smuggling the marijuana into the United States. They claimed their payment for doing so, was a ride to Phoenix.

All four illegals were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, and Transportation of Marijuana. They remain in custody at the Pinal County Jail, on a no bond status.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Seventeen times now, Aaron Marquez-Quintero has disobeyed the laws of the United States and entered our Country illegally. There is little doubt he has broken the laws and crossed many more times illegally without being caught. The news is currently flooded with concerns related to violent criminal gang activity happening all around the world. Yet President Obama refuses to enforce our current laws to protect our citizens and instead he is more concerned about providing amnesty to these illegals and working on his golf game.”

Public Information Officer

Jim Knupp

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