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Arizona Deputy wounded in shootout with suspected drug smugglers

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PHOENIX (WKOW) --Authorities in southern Arizona found a deputy wounded in a shootout with suspected drug smugglers after a frantic hour long search.

Police say the deputy was looking for drug smugglers when he found bales of marijuana and five suspected illegal immigrants.

The deputy said that's when he was shot with an assault rifle.

Hundreds of officers are now combing the desert for the suspects.

The shootout comes a week after Arizona's Governor signed a new law cracking down on illegal immigration.

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