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Humanitarian groups cited for leaving water jugs

GREEN VALLEY – Humanitarian groups promise court action after they were ticketed for littering by federal agents.

Last Thursday (July 9), 13 volunteers with the humanitarian groups No More Deaths and the Tucson Samaritans were cited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for dropping gallon jugs of water on migrant trails that cross southwest Arizona near Arivaca.

Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Jose Viramontes called the moves by the groups part of a media campaign staged to draw attention to their cause.

He noted a significant trash problem exists on the border.

Attorney Margo Cowan, who will represent the accused litterers in court, said her clients are not legally littering because the groups clean up after themselves.

Others say the government action against them is just a huge waste of resources.

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