Note: the stuff continuing to come up through the res, Lower Sonoran
Numbers should have been higher but we are told there were quite a
few "get aways"
Multi-agency operation nets 63 arrests, 4,000 pounds of marijuana
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 4:05 PM MST
Updated: Oct 24, 2011 4:05 PM MST
By John Ames - bio | email
1,250 pounds of marijuana were discovered in this vehicle. (Pinal
County Sheriff's Office)
(Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) -
A multi-agency operation led by the Bureau of Land Management this
month resulted in the arrest of 63 illegal immigrants and the seizure
of over 4,000 pounds of marijuana and 11 vehicles, according to a
news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The so-called Vekol Valley Operation, which lasted from Oct. 9 to
Oct. 22, is part of BLM's Operation Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments
(ROAM) and involved federal and local law enforcement agencies across
The operation utilized Border Patrol detection equipment as well as
air assets from the Customs and Border Protection Office of Air &
According to the release, almost 6,000 pounds of trash were removed
during the operation.
Note: the following FBI report expands on this area and the AZMEX
border quite a bit.