Arthur L. Cash
Special Agent Arthur L. Cash graduated from West Virginia University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduating from college, Special Agent Cash served as a Border Patrol Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Agent Cash joined DEA in 1974 and was transferred to the San Luis District Office in Arizona, and then to the Miami Field Division. In March 1987, he was assigned to open the Sierra Vista Post of Duty in Arizona. On August 25, 1987, while assigned to the Sierra Vista office, Special Agent Cash was assisting Special Agent Larry Sproat in transporting three prisoners who had been arrested for importing marijuana. Special Agent Cash took custody of the three prisoners to transport them to Tucson, Arizona for their initial appearance with a U.S. Magistrate. While en route to that meeting, Special Agent Cash’s vehicle struck a farmer’s truck which had turned directly in front of him. Special Agent Cash was severely injured as a result of the impact, but he remained conscious. A medical evacuation airplane transported him to Tucson Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries later that day. During his career, Special Agent Cash had been recognized for his hard work and dedication. In 1987 he received both the prestigious Administrator’s Award and a special award for his work on a major methamphetamine conspiracy. In December 1996, in honor of Special Agent Cash’s dedication to duty and his ultimate sacrifice to his country, the DEA Yuma Resident Office Building was dedicated in his name. Special Agent Cash was survived by his wife, Catherine; and daughters, Amanda and Hannah.
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Art was assigned to Group 1 when he reported to the Miami Field Division in the early 1980's. Soon after arriving, he unselfishly became involved in assisting other Group 1 Agents with ongoing major investigations. Art wuickly became an integral part of drug smuggling investigations which included him posing as a Foreman of an DEA undercover ranch where we conducted undercover air smuggling drug cases and drug seizures. With Art's valued assistance, Group 1 received the DEA Administrator's Award. Art was a good hearted man with a great sense of humor and totally dedicated to combating drug trafficking. He was a family man and often spoke of them with great pride. He is greatly missed and will always remain in our prayers.— Ernie Batista