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Drugs seized, 23 arrested in busts near Whetstone

Pot, meth, stolen savings bonds found during multi-agency operation

The seizure of more than 170 pounds of marijuana, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, stolen savings bonds and 23 arrests were the result of four-day multi-agency operation near Whetstone that ended Sunday.

The Border Patrol-led task force, called the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats, was set up in 2009 to combat drug smuggling and other criminal activity near the border.

The operation yielded:

  • 16 people arrested for illegal entry into the United States
  • seven U.S. citizens arrested for outstanding warrants
  • one DUI
  • five drug charges
  • a stolen property charge
  • 173 pounds of marijuana
  • 1.5 grams of methamphetamine
  • 2 grams of spice (synthetic marijuana
  • five vehicles seized
  • $16,050 in stolen U.S. Savings Bonds

"The unified border security effort we achieved through the ACTT is critical to the success of all of our partners and results in a safer Arizona," said Chief Manuel Padilla Jr., of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, in a press release.

"The intelligence-driven operation displayed an unprecedented level of cooperation, coordination and communication between law enforcement agencies across Arizona," Padilla said.

The agencies that participated in the operation included the Border Patrol; Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations; U.S. Forest Service; Arizona Department of Public Safety; Sierra Vista Police Department; Huachuca City Police Department; Safford Police Department; Thatcher Police Department; Graham County Police Department; and the National Park Service.

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