Cross-border cooperation against human and narcotics smugglers near Nogales

The U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector is one of the busiest sectors on the southwest border, covering 262 miles from the Yuma County line east to the New Mexico state line. The Tucson Sector has eight stations, one of which is in Nogales, Arizona. Across the border is the Mexican Nogales, a city of about 220,000 people in the state of Sonora.

In a four-day operation which concluded on Friday, November 29, the U.S. Border Patrol collaborated with Mexican Federal Police Force officers in a binational operation targeting criminal organizations which operate on both sides of the international boundary. The Tucson Sector’s Foreign Operations Branch and Special Operations Detachment contributed to the effort by providing surveillance from the U.S. side of the border.

This assistance helped Mexican authorities assigned to the Border Violence Prevention Protocol Office to disrupt and dismantle a group of human and narcotics smugglers operating outside of Nogales, Sonora.