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:
The operation involved the following agencies:
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.
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.