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95 arrested in multi-agency operation along border

More than 680 pounds of drugs seized

A multi-agency task force led by the Border Patrol netted 95 arrests and the seizure of more than 680 pounds of marijuana and cocaine, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The 13-day operation by the Alliance to Combat Transitional Threats—a collaboration among the U.S. Forest Service, Border Patrol and the Department of Public Safety—ended May 17 with the arrests of 93 illegal immigrants and the confiscation of marijuana and cocaine valued at $471,500. Two Americans were arrested on outstanding warrants.

"Border security requires a team approach to target cross-border criminal organizations,” said Randy Hill, chief patrol agent for the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol.

The ATCT was launched in September 2009 under the Department of Homeland Security and works closely with local police agencies and the Mexican government.

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