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Border Patrol rescues man forced into well for not helping smugglers

TUCSON, Ariz. — Responding to an immigrant’s cries for help, Border Patrol
agents pulled the man from a 40-foot-deep dry water well that he’d been forced
into by smugglers in the southern Arizona desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Border Patrol said the 41-year-old Guatemalan man told them he’d been forced to
slide down a pipe into the well on Sunday after he refused to carry drugs while
crossing the border near Sells.

Border Patrol spokesman Peter Bidegain said agents used a rope to pull the man out of the well.

Bidegain said the man was OK despite being without water for
about 24 hours. Bidegain said the man is being processed for removal from the
United States.


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