ACTT Partners Participate in 14-Day Silver Bell Operation
TUCSON, ARIZ.—From November 6 - 19, the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT), operating ongoing multi-agency enforcement activities in Arizona, conducted the second iteration of Silver Bell Operations for Fiscal Year 2012.
The multi-agency operation, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of BLM's Operation ROAM (Reclaim our Arizona Monuments), concentrated efforts in the Silver Bell and Sawtooth Mountain areas. The other agencies participating in this operation were:
- Casa Grande Border Patrol Station
- Tucson Border Patrol Station
- Yuma Sector Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC)
- Pinal County Sheriff's Office
- Wellton Border Patrol Station
- Arizona Department of Public Safety
- Oro Valley Police Department
- Marana Police Department
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations - Sells Office
- Pima County Sheriff's Office Border Crimes Unit
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement Removal Operations
Intelligence gathered and shared between the agencies led to:
- 210 Illegal Aliens
- 6,296.75 Marijuana (Pounds)
- 5 Seized
- 5 Seized
The operation, which utilized Border Patrol detection equipment, displayed unprecedented levels of cooperation, coordination and communication between agencies across Arizona to deny, degrade, disrupt and dismantle transnational smuggling organizations. The Border Patrol is committed to working with Federal, State, Local and Tribal law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe.
"ACTT leverages the diversity of all the participating agencies and leads to a better outcome for everyone, most importantly the public. The coordination and partnership among the agencies helps to provide a safer and more secure environment for the public, employees and users of public lands; it also helps protect public land resources and values from the effects of smuggling. BLM's success on our borderlands is dependent on our partnership in this alliance," stated Jon Young, Bureau of Land Management, State Chief Ranger - Arizona.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and their Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit the CBP Arizona website for more information.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.