PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) As the crisis on the United States-Mexico border escalates, the Arizona Department of Public Safety continues to deter and dismantle illegal activity to keep Arizona safe thanks to a highly-trained group of state troopers.
Arizona’s Border Strike Force has been fighting criminal activity in Arizona communities and along the border since its creation by Governor Doug Ducey in 2015. In the final two months of 2020, Border Strike Force operations resulted in the seizure of:
- Nearly 430 pounds of marijuana;
- More than 10 pounds of heroin;
- More than 40 pounds of cocaine;
- More than 55 pounds of methamphetamine;
- Nearly four pounds of fentanyl;
- Nearly one pound of other dangerous substances;
- More than 50 firearms;
- More than 8,630 rounds of ammunition; and
- Approximately 10 vehicles.
“These illegal drugs were on their way to communities in Arizona and across our country,” said Governor Ducey. “Thanks to the hard work and vigilance of the Border Strike Force, they never made it. Every Arizonan—every American—should applaud their success.”
The Border Strike Force was created at the direction of Governor Ducey in September of 2015, in the first year of his administration.