Multi-Agency Operation Yields More than 3,020 Pounds of Marijuana
Extensive operation in the Vekol Valley
Monday, December 20, 2010 -
More than 3,020 pounds of marijuana were seized and 49 suspects arrested following a cooperative law enforcement operation in the
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) led the multi-agency operation, which began Wednesday and featured agents, officers, and deputies from the Bureau of Land Management, the Pinal and Maricopa county sheriff’s offices, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations and CBP Office of Border Patrol (OBP). Police departments from Gila River and Eloy also participated in the operation, which concentrated enforcement efforts in
“Seizing this much marijuana will make a substantial impact in depriving drug smugglers from their profits. The scope of the problem in
“The sharing of intelligence resources between, state, county and federal authorities was the key to seizing tons of marijuana being prepared for distribution across the country,” said Director Halliday.
The operation, which used OBP, detection equipment and air assets from the CBP Office of Air and Marine, displayed the unprecedented level of cooperation, coordination and communication that has taken place among agencies across Arizona to deny, degrade, disrupt and dismantle criminal smuggling organizations.
Local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies across
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