TUCSON, ARIZ.—In the last four weeks, the West Desert Task Force (WDTF) seized more than 7,600 pounds of marijuana, a stolen vehicle, firearms and illegal aliens.
Despite the recent partial government shutdown, WDTF agents using sign-cutting skills, sensors and other assets were busy gathering information and shutting down transnational criminal operations.
A few significant incidents include:
The West Desert Task Force is a joint initiative between U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to combat narcotics trafficking in Arizona's west desert region. The task force is sponsored by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and works in association with the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol values its strong partnerships with other federal, state, tribal and local agencies. Together, these organizations continue to negatively impact transnational criminal organizations' attempting to exploit Arizona's border region.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.