Operation Stonegarden partnership leads to arrest near Gold Canyon of dangerous fugitive

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assisted Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies in arresting a dangerous fugitive that fled into a remote desert area west of Gold Canyon on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 5.

“Agents patrolling aboard a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, operating under Operation Stonegarden, received a request for support from PCSO deputies along a rural highway in northern Pinal County. Deputies were searching for the suspect of an assault and robbery, who was last seen walking into a wilderness hiking area from the scene of the crime,” according to a March 8 release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The PCSO helicopter deployed agents to the area who, after an extensive tracking operation, found the man hiding under a small tree and took him into custody without incident, according to the release.

PCSO deputies assumed custody of the man, who will face a series of state charges for his actions, the release states.

Operation Stonegarden is a Department of Homeland Security program, managed by the Border Patrol, which grants funds to other law enforcement agencies to enhance and strengthen border security throughout the U.S. Collaboration between state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies has created a greater force against transnational criminal organizations in southern Arizona and the disruption of illicit activities in border communities, the release states.

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