Rangers attending the 17th session of the National Park Service’s special operations course were able to utilize their training during a two day deployment to Organ Pipe Cactus NM earlier this month. On April 2nd, they seized over 600 pounds of marijuana and arrested seven people within the park. With the assistance of the NPS special agent assigned to the border parks, felony charges were filed in federal court against the seven Mexican nationals. The two week session included over 120 hours of leadership, team building, tactical tracking and firearms applications and focused on resource protection skills. This year’s course was funded by Intermountain Region and included border park rangers and IMR SETT team members. Upon graduation, rangers returned to their parks equipped with the skills to undertake complex and potentially hazardous field operations while working with partner agencies to accomplish the NPS mission.