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Drug smugglers suspected in attack on Ariz. deputy

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Law officers backed by helicopters hunted gunmen in Arizona's desert early today after a sheriff's deputy was wounded by suspected marijuana smugglers, officials said. The violent episode came amid nationwide debate over the state's tough new immigration law.

Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll was patrolling alone Friday afternoon in a rugged area near Interstate 8, about 50 miles south of Phoenix, when he came upon a band of suspected smugglers, authorities said.

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