Tucson, Ariz. - Coordination efforts between U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande and Tucson Stations, along with a helicopter crew from the Office of Air Marine, resulted in the apprehension of 105 illegal aliens Wednesday in southern Arizona.
Agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station, operating a Mobile Surveillance System, spotted three groups of suspected illegal aliens crossing into the Tucson Station's area of responsibility. Tucson agents and the OAM crew responded to the area and spent several hours rounding up the groups so they could be transported for processing.
All subjects were taken to the Tucson Station for processing and to be entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
The Border Patrol continues to expand operational control of the border by collaborating with Customs and Border Protection partners, such as OAM, and effectively deploying the right resources. Technology such as the MSS helps the Border Patrol gain greater situational awareness along the border and aids in the detection, identification and apprehension of individuals who may pose a threat to national security. IAFIS enables the Border Patrol to rapidly identify criminal aliens and process them accordingly.
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.