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National Guard helicopter crews helped BP agents apprehend 75 people

National Guard helicopters helped Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents detain 75 people over the weekend, authorities said. 

Over the weekend, Border Patrol agents aboard National Guard UH-72 Lakota and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters apprehended 10 separate groups, either by guiding agents on the ground to the groups, or by landing and detaining the people themselves, said a spokesman with Tucson Sector Border Patrol. 

"In stark contrast to the large groups of Central American family units surrendering in recent months, these persons were found north of the border in rugged, remote terrain and wearing camouflage clothing to avoid apprehension," the spokesman said. 

Images shared by the agency on Twitter shows agents with a number of men dressed in camouflage hoodies and pants, while another image shows an agent walking with the men in the desert as a Blackhawk orbits overhead. 

The deployments were part of Operation Guardian Support, the deployment of National Guard troops along the border that began in April 2018. 

In the last several months, the Tucson Sector's public affairs office has repeatedly announced seizures and apprehensions linked to the deployment of helicopters and their crews under Operation Guardian Support. The plan also includes RC-26, a fixed-wing turboprop plane that was credited with the apprehension of 33 people over a week last October, CBP said. 

Along with aircraft and pilots, the National Guard units have also been sent to maintain roads, repair Border Patrol vehicles, man cameras, and install concertina wire and other barriers along the border. 

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Border Patrol agents stand with men, dressed in camouflage hoodies and pants after they were apprehended over the weekend.