(DAILY BEAST) Jose Manuel Marino-Najera had been walking through the desert with a bundle of marijuana on his back for three days when he ran out of water. The 31-year-old father of one had been working on a grape harvest in Caborca, a border city on the Mexican side of the Sonoran Desert, when he found out about an opportunity to get to New York. He had an uncle there and, hopefully, would find work.
Crossing the border illegally, with the help of coyotes, or smugglers, is typically a very expensive endeavor. But Marino had found a group willing to help him make his way north free of charge. In fact, they would pay him if he made it. All he had to do was carry a backpack filled with marijuana across the border with him.
Marino and the others in his group, all of them hauling marijuana on their backs, had made it to the Arizona side of the desert through an undesignated port of entry when they decided to stop. Dehydrated and feeling weary, Marino lay down beside another migrant under a tree and fell asleep. When he awoke, his arm was allegedly being mauled by a Border Patrol dog.
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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:20:18 GMT