Citizen Staff Writer
Tucson police released two autopsy results Thursday for deaths previously listed as unknown causes. Sgt. Mark Robinson provided the details:
• Julia Del Carmen Osorio-Jacome, 38, who was found dead in the desert near South Wilmot Road just south of Interstate 10 on April 9, died from diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication for those with untreated, chronic high blood sugar. Police said they suspect the Guatemalan woman died in Mexico and her body was transported and dumped here.
• University of Arizona student Ian Upton, 21, of Mesa, who was found dead in the Rillito riverbed near North Country Club Road March 12, died from hypothermia, with a secondary factor of acute alcohol intoxication.
Border busts: $9M in drugs, 5 suspects
A potpourri of drugs with an estimated street value of more than $9 million was seized at the Mexican border Tuesday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said in a news release Wednesday.
The first seizure occurred just before 7 a.m. at the San Luis Port of Entry when a 30-year-old Mexican man was found to have 121 pounds of marijuana hidden in his 1999 GMC pickup, CBP Officer Brian Levin said. At 9:45 a.m., also at the San Luis port, a 26-year-old Mexican man tried to walk across the border with nearly 5 pounds of methamphetamine strapped to his legs, Levin said.
Around 4 p.m., at the commercial import facility in Nogales, a 37-year-old man from Nogales, Son., had 246 pounds of cocaine hidden in his truckload of peppers, Levin said. Another load of peppers was stopped around 5 p.m at the same port, Levin said, with a 23-year-old Mexican citizen at the wheel and 245 pounds of cocaine in a compartment in the gas tank.
The final bust came around 8 p.m. at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales when a 27-year-old Phoenix man was caught hidng 30 pounds of methamphetamine in his truck.