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Border Patrol Leads Multi-agency Operation

Release Date: 
August 8, 2011

Tucson, Ariz. - A four-day operation near Whetstone, Ariz., concluded Aug. 7, resulting in the seizure of more than 170 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $85,000, and 23 arrests.

The Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) operation was led by the U.S. Border Patrol, which focused on apprehending smugglers and disrupting transnational criminal organizations operating in and around the Whetstone area.

"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 Tucson Sector's Border Patrol Division Chief Manuel Padilla Jr. "The intelligence-driven operation displayed an unprecedented level of cooperation, coordination and communication between law enforcement agencies across Arizona."

The operation resulted in the following:

  • 16 people arrested for illegal entry into the United States
  • 7 U.S. citizens arrested for:
    • 3 outstanding warrants
    • 1 DUI
    • 5 drug charges
    • 1 stolen property

  • 173 pounds of marijuana seized
  • 1.5 grams of methamphetamine seized
  • 2 grams of spice (synthetic marijuana) seized
  • 5 vehicles seized
  • $16,050 in stolen U.S. Savings Bonds recovered
  • 2 individuals federally prosecuted

The operation involved the following agencies:

  • U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector
  • 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
  • Huachuca City Police Department
  • U.S. National Park Service

The ACTT launched in September 2009 with the goal of using a collaborative, cooperative enforcement approach to leverage the capabilities and resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Arizona with other federal, state, local and tribal agencies, as well as the government of Mexico.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021