In a multi-agency operation, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Border Patrol’s “BORTAC Team 5” to deny, degrade, disrupt and dismantle drug and human-trafficking operations in Pinal County.
The week-long joint task force agencies arrested 60 suspects, seized 5,433 pounds of marijuana, collected $115,630 in cash, recovered five stolen vehicles and confiscated firearms.
“These multi agency details have a much greater impact than just in Pinal County,” Sheriff Paul Babeu explained. “Pinal County is the number one pass through county in America for drug and human trafficking because of the roadways and terrain.”
The Arizona Sheriff’s Office reported that the Mexican cartels have 75 to 100 lookout posts inside a known-drug and human-smuggling corridor.
“They (drug cartels) use these high vantage points to ensure their loads, whether they are humans or drugs, make it through,” Babeu said.
While the final destination for some of these drug loads are Phoenix, many are headed to large cities throughout the United States.
“I appreciate the assistance provided by all of these law enforcement agencies to disrupt the cartels activities. We need this continuous law enforcement presence to help protect America until the border is truly secured,” Sheriff Babeu finished.
There were more than 15 state and federal law enforcement agencies participating in the Arizona crackdown on drug cartels.
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