PUBLISHED: 14:35 EST, 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 EST, 17 July 2013
An alleged drug smuggler who was recently busted with more than 220 pounds of marijuana in his car will likely be deported back to Mexico – for the twelfth time.
Authorities in southern Arizona nabbed 21-year-old Daniel Jupa-Fino, of Sonora, Mexico, yesterday as he was driving with the enormous amount of marijuana in his vehicle. After he was taken into custody, officials from the United States Border Patrol Office learned that he already has been arrested and deported 11 times in the last three years.
Repeat offender: Daniel Jupa-Fino has been arrested in America and deported back to Mexico 11 times
‘Meanwhile, the Obama administration and Gang of 8 is making plans for green cards and a path to citizenship for 11-20 million illegals,’ Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says in a statement. ‘We must enforce the law and secure the border prior to any discussion of immigration reform.’
According to Babeu’s office, Jupa-Fino was stopped by sheriff’s deputies as he was driving with a friend, 19-year-old Felipe Gonzalez-Tempura, also of Mexico, outside of Tucson on Tuesday.
Once stopped, the two men tried to evade deputies on foot – Gonzalez-Tempura injured himself while trying to climb over a barbed-wire fence and was arrested on the scene. Jupa-Fino managed to get away.
Weed: Authorities found more than 220 pounds of marijuana in Jupa-Fino’s vehicle
The score: Authorities say the amount of weed found in Jupa-Fino’s vehicle has a street value of more than $165,000
Several hours after the initial traffic stop, sheriff’s deputies were called to a nearby truck stop to check out a ‘suspicious person’ who’d told nearby residents that he thought authorities were looking for him because he’d run from police during a traffic stop.
Deputies swarmed the truck stop and immediately identified Jupa-Fino as the driver of the vehicle containing the marijuana, which has a street value of more than $165,000, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
Jupa-Fino was then brought to a United States Border Patrol Office, where it was revealed that he’d previously been arrested and deported 11 times.
Both men have been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana.
Smuggler: 19-year-old Felipe Gonzalez-Tempura also is accused of smuggling marijuana into the United States