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Interagency Enforcement Operation Conducted In Park

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On November 22nd, rangers were involved in an interagency operation designed to disrupt criminal activity near the park’s visitor center and employee housing area. Other agencies participating in the operation were the Arizona Army National Guard (air support), the border Patrol (seven agents from the Ajo Station, including two on horseback), and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department (two deputies and a dog). The objective of this mission was to displace drug smuggling/alien trafficking organization scouts from the top of Twin Peaks, a mountain that provides a commanding view of a large portion of the south half of the park, including the employee housing area.  Another objective was to remove infrastructure and garbage from the area. Rangers found solar panels, over 100 pounds of trash, and 52 pounds of abandoned marijuana on the mountain. This mission was a follow-up to a similar mission in March of this year which resulted in the apprehension of eight undocumented aliens and the removal of approximately 1,000 pounds of trash, including items such as car batteries, radio chargers, a large radio antenna, binocular parts, food packs, and sleeping equipment.  This operation was accomplished under the umbrella of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area/Border Anti Narcotics Network (HIDTA/BANN).


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