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:
"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.