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Agents target routes; Border Patrol operation focus is on area highways and trails
The Sierra Vista Herald/Review ^ | November 19, 2003 | Bill Hess

Posted on 11/19/2003 12:15:17 PM PST by HiJinx

COCHISE COUNTY -- The U.S. Border Patrol began Operation Pipeline Monday, an effort to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs through the many trails in the Huachuca Mountains and along major highways in Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.

The increased emphasis to counter the use of the mountain range and roads that connect the routes in both counties will include day and night operations, said Andy Adame, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.

"There will be increased ground interdiction and air operations," he said Tuesday.

The Huachuca Mountains are a hot spot of used(sic) by smugglers of people and drugs.

Operation Pipeline will continue "until we see a significant decrease in smuggling activities," Adame said.

Citing operational security concerns, Adame declined to say how much more manpower and other assets are being placed in the two counties. He said agents from the Naco and Douglas stations, both in Cochise County, and the Sonoita Station, in Santa Cruz County, along with others are part of the operation.

Additional search and rescue personnel, as well as special response teams, have been added to support the program, he said. Air operations will continue out of Fort Huachuca's Libby Army Airfield.

The first day of operations, which began at 4 a.m. Monday, netted 126 illegal immigrants, 259 pounds of marijuana, the seizure of 11 vehicles and one person charged with alien smuggling, Adame said.

The Naco corridor, an area that goes just east of the San Pedro River to the west side of the Huachuca Mountains, has been the site of heavy illegal traffic, especially people, he said.

In October, the first month of the new federal fiscal year, 26,601 illegal immigrants were apprehended in the entire Tucson Sector, an area that includes all of Arizona except the far western counties, according to figures provided by the Border Patrol. Last month's figures showed 5,000 more people apprehended than in October 2002.

More than 58 percent of those apprehended in the sector in October -- 15,648 -- were taken into custody by agents of the three stations in Cochise County, which are Douglas, Naco and Willcox. The county's increase was also more than 5,000 in October compared to October 2002.

Agents from the Naco Station were responsible for the most apprehensions last month in Cochise County, which was 9,368 compared to 3,521 in October 2002.

When it came to marijuana seizures, Border Patrol figures showed that sectorwide 22,440 pounds were confiscated last month compared to 17,381 pounds in October 2002.

The Naco Station had the most marijuana seized in Cochise County last month -- 7,024 pounds compared to 3,890 pounds in October 2002.

Adame said those involved in illegal activities crossing the border from Mexico into the United States have changed the migration routes from the west desert area of Arizona to the Naco corridor.

The object of Operation Pipeline is to stop immigration in the Huachuca Mountains and along highways, primarily highways 82 and 90.

As the smugglers have changed their routes, the Border Patrol is changing its interdiction capabilities to catch those bringing illegal immigrants and drugs through Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, Adame said.

TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: California; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist
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1 posted on 11/19/2003 12:15:18 PM PST by HiJinx
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2 posted on 11/19/2003 12:16:46 PM PST by HiJinx (The Right person, in the Right place, at the Right do His work.)
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To: HiJinx
Is this real? I thought I was dreaming. I'd like to hear what Jackelope Breeder has to say about this!
3 posted on 11/19/2003 2:01:42 PM PST by janetgreen (Mexifornia is NOT a joke - it's REAL)
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To: janetgreen
It's real. The I-10 shootout sees more fall-out.
I'll get with JB, if he's up to it, and see what he has to say. I haven't heard from him lately.

Which makes me think I ought to give him a call!
4 posted on 11/19/2003 2:47:10 PM PST by HiJinx (The Right person, in the Right place, at the Right do His work.)
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To: janetgreen
All of the illegal entries could have been stopped years ago. Just think how many deaths could have been prevented if the law had ben followed.
5 posted on 11/19/2003 8:09:40 PM PST by texastoo
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To: HiJinx; gubamyster; FoxFang; FITZ; moehoward; Nea Wood; Joe Hadenuf; sangoo; appalachian_dweller; ..
And we even know some of these agents (wink)
6 posted on 11/19/2003 10:37:19 PM PST by JustPiper (All 19 of the hijackers entered the U.S. on valid visas- 18 of 19 had State Driver's Licenses!!!)
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To: JustPiper
Get em'

7 posted on 11/19/2003 10:39:08 PM PST by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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To: HiJinx
It appears we are getting close to an election year. Once it's over though, look out. The amnesties will be shooting through congress like grease through a goose.
9 posted on 11/20/2003 1:45:08 PM PST by Klickitat
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