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200 cartel smugglers and previously deported criminals arrested in Arizona

October 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
200 cartel smugglers and previously deported criminals arrested in Arizona

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Arizona state police apprehended almost 200 Mexican drug cartel smugglers and previously deported criminals during a seven-day sweep that transpired just south of Tucson.

The Sinaloa Cartel has managed to operate without penalty in northern Mexico and continues to smuggle large volumes of narcotics into the main cities of the United States.

The lack of border security by the government has caused some border sheriff’s to step up their patrol as armed cartel members continue to travel the desert. Other Arizona border sheriffs have also started to deputize federal agents to prosecute their cases in state court.

This week, the Arizona Department of Public Safety revealed the outcome of their ACTT (Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats) plan in the areas south of Tucson, Breitbart reported.

The operation was spearheaded by Arizona DPS’ Border Strike Force which was composed of foot and vehicle patrols aimed at blocking the routes commonly employed by cartels.

Drug cartels often carry out both human and narcotic smuggling in Arizona’s isolated desert to evade detection while en route to United States’ highways and interstates.

Because large parts of the desert areas are state parks with visitor centers, the brazenness of the cartel smugglers has resulted in the destruction of the landmarks and caused tourists to be at elevated risk.

“These coordinated efforts leverage the capabilities and jurisdictional authorities of federal, state, and local law enforcement to dismantle criminal networks. ACTT’s strategic approach creates an environment that denies, degrades, disrupts, and dismantles the criminal elements’ ability to operate in Arizona,” said Frank Milstead, the director of Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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