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Authorities locate 2 missing inmates from Florence in Arizona

Posted at 1:38 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 10:25:41-04

FLORENCE — Two inmates from Satellite Prison Camp in Florence were found by Arizona border patrol agents Wednesday evening, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The United States Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies began an investigation after discovering 35-year-old Jose Rodriguez and 42-year-old Raul Guzman missing around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Tucson Sector agents initiated an immigration-related stop on a vehicle around 5 p.m. that carried a woman, who was driving, and two men. Rodriguez and Guzman said initially they were illegal aliens "wishing to be immediately returned to Mexico," according to the release. They later admitted they were U.S. citizens and escaped from a prison in Florence.

The driver, Rodriguez and Guzman were arrested and turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said Rodriguez was sentenced 72 months in the District of Kansas for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Guzman was sentenced to 120 months in the Northern District of California for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The Satellite Prison Camp is a minimum security facility, housing 361 male offenders.