TUCSON, ARIZ.—A multi-agency operation, dubbed Operation Silverbell, resulted in the arrest of nine suspects and the seizure of an AK-47 assault rifle and 498 pounds of marijuana Wednesday night near Interstate 8 in Stanfield, Ariz.
At approximately 10 p.m., federal, state and local agencies jointly denied smugglers the ability to deliver narcotics to their designated location. The operation, led by the Bureau of Land Management, included Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operation (ERO), the Arizona Department of Public Safety; Tucson Sector's Border Patrol; Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine; and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
"The Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats is a great initiative. It brings together all the right players and unites them working towards a common goal," stated Jon Young, State Chief Ranger - Arizona.
The operation, which involved the use of detection equipment and air assets, illustrated unprecedented levels of cooperation, coordination and communication between agencies to deny, degrade, disrupt and dismantle smuggling organizations. The Border Patrol is committed to working with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.