US Customs and Border Protection Press Release March 4, 2011:
Border Patrol Captures Marijuana Backpackers
More than half-ton of Narcotics Seized
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station responded to a report of suspected contraband smugglers near Mile Marker 76 on State Route 85 Wednesday. Border Patrol agents interdicted 12 individuals and approximately 1,171 pounds of marijuana. The contraband has an estimated street value of $702,600.
When Border Patrol agents from Ajo Station’s Horse Patrol Unit arrived at the area, they discovered two separate piles of marijuana bundles. Additional agents and National Park Service operators working under Operation Trident responded to interdict a group of individuals attempting to flee south. The agents subsequently apprehended the 12 illegal aliens from Mexico.
In February, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department of Interior, and U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Operation Trident, a collaborative enforcement approach that leverages the capabilities and resources of these three federal agencies to counter the threats posed by transnational criminal organizations, protect public lands from environmental damage, and deter violations of cultural and environmental laws. Operation Trident is just one of many ways in which DHS is working with its law enforcement partners to more effectively counter the threats posed by transnational criminal organizations in Arizona and improve the quality of life for affected communities.
In March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security—in collaboration with its interagency partners—launched the Southwest Border Initiative to bring unprecedented focus and intensity to securing the Southwest border, coupled with a reinvigorated, smart, and effective approach to enforcing our immigration laws.
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