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Officers arrest 110 people, seize more than 7,500 pounds of marijuana

An Arizona Department of Public Safety-led multi-agency operation arrested 110 people and seized 7,500 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $6 million dollars in Vekol Valley.

Cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement over the last few weeks resulted in the four-day operation ending Jan. 30 that also recovered nine stolen vehicles and four firearms, according to Bart Graves, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Border Guardian funding, approved by Gov. Jan Brewer, helped support the enforcement effort to disrupt criminal organizations operating in the southern Arizona border region, Graves said.

"Attacking the profit motive behind human and drug smuggling throughout Arizona has been a priority for Governor Brewer," said Col. Robert Halliday, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. "I am pleased at the high level of cooperation between a host of agencies, all aiming for the same goal, take back the Vekol Valley from criminals and make our state and communities safer."

DPS, Bureau of Land Management, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Removal Operations, ICE Homeland Security Investigations, Customs, Border Protection Office of Field Operations, Office of Border Patrol and the Casa Grande and Eloy police departments took part in this ongoing operation to disrupt and dismantle smuggling organizations, Graves said.


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