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.