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Arizona: Another drug scout prosecuted in Pinal sentenced



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FLORENCE — An 18-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday for aiding drug smugglers through Pinal County.

According to a statement by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Uriel Ruiz-Estrada pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to transport and/or sell marijuana. He was arrested by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office’s Anti-Smuggling Unit along with 47-year-old Martin Aispuro-Angulo, who also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one in year in state prison in May. A third scout was found at their makeshift campsite in a mountainous area southwest of Maricopa, but he was able to flee.

The arrests came after PCSO received a tip on March 2 pointing to the area where the scouts were found and responded with an air unit.

“Our anti-smuggling efforts come full circle when successful prosecutions are carried out by the County Attorney’s Office,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in a statement. “One-by-one, case-by-case, we are sending smugglers and their supporting operatives to prison. We are sending a clear message to the cartels that there are no revolving doors for smugglers arrested in Pinal County.”

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