At 1:30 p.m., the caller told a 911 operator he was part of a group of individuals that had been in the desert for 10 days, and had been reduced to drinking water from cacti in order to survive. They had been lost near Gila Bend off Interstate 8 for five days, and without any water for three, according to the Arizona Republic.
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"About 80 percent of our job with the helicopter is search and rescue," Sgt. Wes Kuefer, one of MCSO's chopper pilots, told Fox 10. "They start up from Mexico. They try and get across the desert, but this kind of temperature, 100 plus degree days, they get out there. They're usually traveling with very little water if any, and if you can't get in there in time that's when the helicopter comes in."
“The risk they take to enter the country is tremendous,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio told the Republic.
It's still unclear whether the drugs have been recovered.